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Meaning of BOTH

Pronunciation:  bowth

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  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.
                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.
    Note: It is often used in apposition with nouns or pronouns.
                Thy weal and woe are both of them extremes.
                This said, they both betook them several ways.
    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
                To judge both quick and dead.      --Milton.
                A masterpiece both for argument and style.
                To whom bothe heven and erthe and see is sene.
                Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound.
                He prayeth well who loveth well Both man and bird
                and beast.                         --Coleridge.
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