or /ɝ, ˈɔr, ||ˈɑr/
Or, prep. & adv. Ere; before; sooner than. [Obs.]
But natheless, while I have time and space,
Or that I forther in this tale pace. --Chaucer.
Or ever, Or ere. See under Ever, and Ere.
Or, n. Her. Yellow or gold color, -- represented in drawing or engraving by small dots.
Or conj. A particle that marks an alternative; as, you may read or may write, -- that is, you may do one of the things at your pleasure, but not both. It corresponds to either. You may ride either to London or to Windsor. It often connects a series of words or propositions, presenting a choice of either; as, he may study law, or medicine, or divinity, or he may enter into trade.
If man's convenience, health,
Or safety interfere, his rights and claims
Are paramount. --Cowper.
Note: ☞ Or may be used to join as alternatives terms expressing unlike things or ideas (as, is the orange sour or sweet?), or different terms expressing the same thing or idea; as, this is a sphere, or globe.
Note: ☞ Or sometimes begins a sentence. In this case it expresses an alternative or subjoins a clause differing from the foregoing. “Or what man is there of you, who, if his son shall ask him for a loaf, will give him a stone?” --Matt. vii. 9 (Rev. Ver.).
Or for either is archaic or poetic.
Maugre thine heed, thou must for indigence
Or steal, or beg, or borrow thy dispence. --Chaucer.
n 1: a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific [syn: Oregon,
2: a room in a hospital equipped for the performance of
surgical operations; "great care is taken to keep the
operating rooms aseptic" [syn: operating room, operating
theater, operating theatre, surgery]