Hypertext Webster Gateway: "never"

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

Never \Nev"er\, adv. [AS. n?fre; ne not, no + ?fre ever.]
1. Not ever; not at any time; at no time, whether past,
present, or future. --Shak.

Death still draws nearer, never seeming near.

2. In no degree; not in the least; not.

Whosoever has a friend to guide him, may carry his
eyes in another man's head, and yet see never the
worse. --South.

And he answered him to never a word. --Matt. xxvii.

Note: Never is much used in composition with present
participles to form adjectives, as in never-ceasing,
never-dying, never-ending, never-fading, never-failing,
etc., retaining its usual signification.

{Never a deal}, not a bit. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

{Never so}, as never before; more than at any other time, or
in any other circumstances; especially; particularly; --
now often expressed or replaced by {ever so}.

Ask me never so much dower and gift. --Gen. xxxiv.

A fear of battery, . . . though never so well
grounded, is no duress. --Blackstone.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adv 1: not ever; at no time in the past or future; "I have never
been to China"; "I shall never forget this day"; "had
never seen a circus"; "never on Sunday"; "I will never
marry you!" [syn: {ne'er}] [ant: {always}]
2: not at all; certainly not; not in any circumstances; "never
fear"; "bringing up children is never easy"; "that will
never do"; "what is morally wrong can never be politically

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