Hypertext Webster Gateway: "ever"

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

Ever \Ev"er\adv. [OE. ever, [ae]fre, AS. [ae]fre; perh. akin to
AS. [=a] always. Cf. {Aye}, {Age},{Evry}, {Never}.]
[Sometimes contracted into {e'er}.]
1. At any time; at any period or point of time.

No man ever yet hated his own flesh. --Eph. v. 29.

2. At all times; through all time; always; forever.

He shall ever love, and always be The subject of by
scorn and cruelty. --Dryder.

3. Without cessation; continually.

Note: Ever is sometimes used as an intensive or a word of
enforcement. ``His the old man e'er a son?'' --Shak.

To produce as much as ever they can. --M. Arnold.

{Ever and anon}, now and then; often. See under {Anon}.

{Ever is one}, continually; constantly. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

{Ever so}, in whatever degree; to whatever extent; -- used to
intensify indefinitely the meaning of the associated
adjective or adverb. See {Never so}, under {Never}. ``Let
him be ever so rich.'' --Emerson.

And all the question (wrangle e'er so long), Is only
this, if God has placed him wrong. --Pope.

You spend ever so much money in entertaining your
equals and betters. --Thackeray.

{For ever}, eternally. See {Forever}.

{For ever and a day}, emphatically forever. --Shak.

She [Fortune] soon wheeled away, with scornful
laughter, out of sight for ever and day. --Prof.

{Or ever} (for or ere), before. See {Or}, {ere}. [Archaic]

Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven Or ever I
had seen that day, Horatio! --Shak.

Note: Ever is sometimes joined to its adjective by a hyphen,
but in most cases the hyphen is needless; as, ever
memorable, ever watchful, ever burning.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adv 1: at any time; "did you ever smoke?"; "the best con man of all
time" [syn: {of all time}]
2: at all times; all the time and on every occasion; "I will
always be there to help you"; "always arrives on time";
"there is always some pollution in the air"; "ever hoping
to strike it rich"; "ever busy" [syn: {always}, {e'er}]
[ant: {never}]
3: (intensifier for adjectives) very; "she was ever so
friendly" [syn: {ever so}]

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