Hypertext Webster Gateway: "all"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

All \All\, a. [OE. al, pl. alle, AS. eal, pl. ealle,
Northumbrian alle, akin to D. & OHG. al, Ger. all, Icel.
allr. Dan. al, Sw. all, Goth. alls; and perh. to Ir. and
Gael. uile, W. oll.]
1. The whole quantity, extent, duration, amount, quality, or
degree of; the whole; the whole number of; any whatever;
every; as, all the wheat; all the land; all the year; all
the strength; all happiness; all abundance; loss of all
power; beyond all doubt; you will see us all (or all of

Prove all things: hold fast that which is good. --1
Thess. v. 21.

2. Any. [Obs.] ``Without all remedy.'' --Shak.

Note: When the definite article ``the,'' or a possessive or a
demonstrative pronoun, is joined to the noun that all
qualifies, all precedes the article or the pronoun; as,
all the cattle; all my labor; all his wealth; all our
families; all your citizens; all their property; all
other joys.

Note: This word, not only in popular language, but in the
Scriptures, often signifies, indefinitely, a large
portion or number, or a great part. Thus, all the
cattle in Egypt died, all Judea and all the region
round about Jordan, all men held John as a prophet, are
not to be understood in a literal sense, but as
including a large part, or very great numbers.

3. Only; alone; nothing but.

I was born to speak all mirth and no matter. --Shak.

{All the whole}, the whole (emphatically). [Obs.] ``All the
whole army.'' --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

All \All\, adv.
1. Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as,
all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement. ``And cheeks
all pale.'' --Byron.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

All \All\, conj. [Orig. all, adv., wholly: used with though or
if, which being dropped before the subjunctive left all as if
in the sense although.]
Although; albeit. [Obs.]

All they were wondrous loth. --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

All \All\, n.
The whole number, quantity, or amount; the entire thing;
everything included or concerned; the aggregate; the whole;
totality; everything or every person; as, our all is at

Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all.

All that thou seest is mine. --Gen. xxxi.

Note: All is used with of, like a partitive; as, all of a
thing, all of us.

{After all}, after considering everything to the contrary;

{All in all}, a phrase which signifies all things to a
person, or everything desired; (also adverbially) wholly;

Thou shalt be all in all, and I in thee, Forever.

Trust me not at all, or all in all. --Tennyson.

{All in the wind} (Naut.), a phrase denoting that the sails
are parallel with the course of the wind, so as to shake.

{All told}, all counted; in all.

{And all}, and the rest; and everything connected. ``Bring
our crown and all.'' --Shak.

{At all}.
(a) In every respect; wholly; thoroughly. [Obs.] ``She is a
shrew at al(l).'' --Chaucer.
(b) A phrase much used by way of enforcement or emphasis,
usually in negative or interrogative sentences, and
signifying in any way or respect; in the least degree or
to the least extent; in the least; under any
circumstances; as, he has no ambition at all; has he any
property at all? ``Nothing at all.'' --Shak. ``If thy
father at all miss me.'' --1 Sam. xx. 6.

{Over all}, everywhere. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Note: All is much used in composition to enlarge the meaning,
or add force to a word. In some instances, it is
completely incorporated into words, and its final
consonant is dropped, as in almighty, already, always:
but, in most instances, it is an adverb prefixed to
adjectives or participles, but usually with a hyphen,
as, all-bountiful, all-glorious, allimportant,
all-surrounding, etc. In others it is an adjective; as,
allpower, all-giver. Anciently many words, as, alabout,
alaground, etc., were compounded with all, which are
now written separately.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: quantifier; used with either mass or count nouns to indicate
the whole number or amount of or every one of a class;
"we sat up all night"; "ate all the food"; "all men
are mortal"; "all parties are welcome" [syn: {all(a)},
{all of}] [ant: {some(a)}, {no(a)}]
2: completely given to or absorbed by; "became all attention"
adv : to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent; "he
was wholly convinced"; "entirely satisfied with the
meal"; "it was completely different from what we
expected"; "was completely at fault"; "a totally new
situation"; "the directions were all wrong"; "It was
not altogether her fault"; "an altogether new
approach"; (`whole' is often used informally for
`wholly' as in "a whole new idea") [syn: {wholly}, {entirely},
{completely}, {totally}, {altogether}, {whole}] [ant:

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