[ɔː] or [ɔr]
(conj.) A particle that marks an alternative; as, you may read or may write, -- that is, you may do one of the things at your pleasure, but not both. It corresponds to either. You may ride either to London or to Windsor. It often connects a series of words or propositions, presenting a choice of either; as, he may study law, or medicine, or divinity, or he may enter into trade.
(prep. & adv.) Ere; before; sooner than.
(n.) Yellow or gold color, -- represented in drawing or engraving by small dots.
n. (her.) gold.
conj. marking an alternative and sometimes opposition .—prep. (B.) before.
adv. ere before.
- She had always a new bonnet on, and flowers bloomed perpetually in it, or else magnificent curling ostrich feathers, soft and snowy as camellias. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- The talk was very often political or sociological, and interesting, curiously anarchistic. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- Reason is wholly inactive, and can never be the source of so active a principle as conscience, or a sense of morals. David Hume. A Treatise of Human Nature.
- The human watchdogs must be philosophers or lovers of learning which will make them gentle. Plato. The Republic.
- In each bladder was a small quantity of dried peas, or little pebbles, as I was afterwards informed. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
- Which of them had a step so quiet, a hand so gentle, but I should have heard or felt her, if she had approached or touched me in a day-sleep? Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- Miss Havisham sat listening (or it seemed so, for I could not see her face), but still made no answer. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- But are we men's equals, or are we not? Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- You will have my sketches, some time or other, to look ator my tour to reador my poem. Jane Austen. Emma.
- George Lamb and Elliston together, after they had listened to a page or two, with one voice exclaimed, Very stupid. Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- Until Edison made his wonderful invention in 1877, the human race was entirely without means for preserving or passing on to posterity its own linguistic utterances or any other vocal sound. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- And the bulk of your fortune would be laid out in annuities on the authors or their heirs. Jane Austen. Sense and Sensibility.
- Often, indeed, when pressed by Hortense to come, she would refuse, because Robert did not second, or but slightly seconded the request. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- Better be happy old maids than unhappy wives, or unmaidenly girls, running about to find husbands, said Mrs. March decidedly. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- Or her taste for peculiar people, put in Mrs. Archer in a dry tone, while her eyes dwelt innocently on her son's. Edith Wharton. The Age of Innocence.
- It may be questioned whether some of the present pedagogical interest in the matter of values of studies is not either excessive or else too narrow. John Dewey. Democracy and Education.
- As yet only China knew of the Huns; there were no Turks in Western Turkestan or anywhere else then, no Tartars in the world. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- I shall no longer see the sun or stars, or feel the winds play on my cheeks. Mary Shelley. Frankenstein_Or_The Modern Prometheus.
- By only raising my voice, and saying any thing two or three times over, she is sure to hear; but then she is used to my voice. Jane Austen. Emma.
- Recollect, we must scrunch or be scrunched. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- And he had not the power, or the will, to seek it out and to know it. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- It was the first, or among the first of locks which troubled modern burglars' picks. William Henry Doolittle. Inventions in the Century.
- On each side stood a sable bush-holly or yew. Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre.
- While there's a handful of fire or a mouthful of bed in this present roof, you're fully welcome to your share on it. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- I have a heart to be stabbed in or shot in, I have no doubt, said Estella, and of course if it ceased to beat I should cease to be. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- It is called the Indo-European or ARYAN family. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- I haven't any sister, or father and mother either. Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist.
- Safety clutches are numerous, by which the machine is quickly and automatically stopped by the action of electro-magnets should a workman or other obstruction be caught in the machinery. William Henry Doolittle. Inventions in the Century.
- No, it is not selfishness or conceit, said he, answering, as was his wont, my thoughts rather than my words. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
- In those in which they take place, and are in farm, there are many local duties which do not extend beyond a particular town or district. Adam Smith. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.