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Meaning of BOTH

Pronunciation:  bowth

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Both\, a. or pron. [OE. bothe, ba?e, fr. Icel. b[=a]?ir;
    akin to Dan. baade, Sw. b[*a]da, Goth. baj??s, OHG. beid?,
    b?d?, G. & D. beide, also AS. begen, b[=a], b?, Goth. bai,
    and Gr. ?, L. ambo, Lith. ab[`a], OSlav. oba, Skr. ubha.
    [root]310. Cf. {Amb}-.]
    The one and the other; the two; the pair, without exception
    of either.
    
    Note: It is generally used adjectively with nouns; as, both
          horses ran away; but with pronouns, and often with
          nous, it is used substantively, and followed by of.
    
    Note: It frequently stands as a pronoun.
    
                She alone is heir to both of us.   --Shak.
    
                Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto
                Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.
                                                   --Gen. xxi.
                                                   27.
    
                He will not bear the loss of his rank, because he
                can bear the loss of his estate; but he will bear
                both, because he is prepared for both.
                                                   --Bolingbroke.
    
    Note: It is often used in apposition with nouns or pronouns.
    
                Thy weal and woe are both of them extremes.
                                                   --Shak.
    
                This said, they both betook them several ways.
                                                   --Milton.
    
    Note: Both now always precedes any other attributive words;
          as, both their armies; both our eyes.
    
    Note: Both of is used before pronouns in the objective case;
          as, both of us, them, whom, etc.; but before
          substantives its used is colloquial, both (without of)
          being the preferred form; as, both the brothers.
    
    
  2. \Both\, conj.
    As well; not only; equally.
    
    Note: Both precedes the first of two co["o]rdinate words or
          phrases, and is followed by and before the other, both
          . . . and . . .; as well the one as the other; not only
          this, but also that; equally the former and the latter.
          It is also sometimes followed by more than two
          co["o]rdinate words, connected by and expressed or
          understood.
    
                To judge both quick and dead.      --Milton.
    
                A masterpiece both for argument and style.
                                                   --Goldsmith.
    
                To whom bothe heven and erthe and see is sene.
                                                   --Chaucer.
    
                Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound.
                                                   --Goldsmith.
    
                He prayeth well who loveth well Both man and bird
                and beast.                         --Coleridge.
    
    
 
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 Related Terms: a deux, brace, couple, couplet, distich, double harness, doublet, duad, duet, duo, dyad, either, for two, match, mates, pair, set of two, span, team, tete-a-tete, the two, twain, two, twosome, yoke
 

 

 

 

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