Hypertext Webster Gateway: "anything"

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

Anything \A"ny*thing\, adv.
In any measure; anywise; at all.

Mine old good will and hearty affection towards you is
not . . . anything at all quailed. --Robynson

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

Anything \A"ny*thing\, n.
1. Any object, act, state, event, or fact whatever; thing of
any kind; something or other; aught; as, I would not do it
for anything.

Did you ever know of anything so unlucky? --A.

They do not know that anything is amiss with them.
--W. G.

2. Expressing an indefinite comparison; -- with as or like.
[Colloq. or Lowx]

I fear your girl will grow as proud as anything.

Note: Any thing, written as two words, is now commonly used
in contradistinction to any person or anybody. Formerly
it was also separated when used in the wider sense.
``Necessity drove them to undertake any thing and
venture any thing.'' --De Foe.

{Anything but}, not at all or in any respect. ``The battle
was a rare one, and the victory anything but secure.''

{Anything like}, in any respect; at all; as, I can not give
anything like a fair sketch of his trials.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : a thing of any kind; "do you have anything to declare?"

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