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OR    : ['ɔr] [ɚ]
-or \-or\ suff. [L. -or: cf. OF. -or, -ur, -our, F. -eur.]
1. A noun suffix denoting an act; a state or quality; as in
error, fervor, pallor, candor, etc.
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2. A noun suffix denoting an agent or doer; as in auditor,
one who hears; donor, one who gives; obligor, elevator. It
is correlative to -ee. In general -or is appended to words
of Latin, and -er to those of English, origin. See {-er}.
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Or \Or\ ([^o]r), conj. [OE. or, outher, other, auther, either,
or, AS. [=a]w[eth]er, contr. from [=a]hwae[eth]er; [=a] aye
hwae[eth]er whether. See {Aye}, and {Whether}, and cf.
{Either}.]
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.
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If man's convenience, health,
Or safety interfere, his rights and claims
Are paramount. --Cowper.
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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.
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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.).
[1913 Webster] Or for either is archaic or poetic.
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Maugre thine heed, thou must for indigence
Or steal, or beg, or borrow thy dispence.
--Chaucer.
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Or \Or\, prep. & adv. [AS. ?r ere, before. [root]204. See {Ere},
prep. & adv.]
Ere; before; sooner than. [Obs.]
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But natheless, while I have time and space,
Or that I forther in this tale pace. --Chaucer.
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{Or ever}, {Or ere}. See under {Ever}, and {Ere}.
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Or \Or\, n. [F., fr. L. aurum gold. Cf. {Aureate}.] (Her.)
Yellow or gold color, -- represented in drawing or engraving
by small dots.
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OR
n 1: a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific [synonym:
{Oregon}, {Beaver State}, {OR}]
2: a room in a hospital equipped for the performance of surgical
operations; "great care is taken to keep the operating rooms
aseptic" [synonym: {operating room}, {OR}, {operating theater},
{operating theatre}, {surgery}]

152 Moby Thesaurus words for "or":
achievement, alerion, and/or, animal charge, annulet, argent,
armorial bearings, armory, arms, aureate, aureateness, auric,
azure, bandeau, bar, bar sinister, baton, bearings, beige, bend,
bend sinister, billet, blazon, blazonry, bordure, broad arrow,
buff, buff-yellow, cadency mark, canary, canary-yellow, canton,
chaplet, charge, chevron, chief, citron, citron-yellow,
coat of arms, cockatrice, coronet, cream, creamy, crescent, crest,
cross, cross moline, crown, device, difference, differencing,
eagle, ecru, ermine, ermines, erminites, erminois, escutcheon,
falcon, fallow, fallowness, fess, fess point, field, file, flanch,
flaxen, fleur-de-lis, fret, fur, fusil, garland, gilded, gilt,
gold, gold-colored, golden, griffin, gules, gyron, hatchment,
helmet, heraldic device, honor point, impalement, impaling,
inescutcheon, label, lemon, lemon-yellow, lion, lozenge, luteolous,
lutescent, mantling, marshaling, martlet, mascle, metal, motto,
mullet, nombril point, ocherish, ocherous, ochery, ochreous,
ochroid, ochrous, ochry, octofoil, ordinary, orle, pale, paly,
pean, pheon, primrose, primrose-colored, primrose-yellow, purpure,
quarter, quartering, rose, sable, saffron, saffron-colored,
saffron-yellow, sallow, saltire, sand-colored, sandy, scutcheon,
shield, spread eagle, straw, straw-colored, subordinary, tenne,
tincture, torse, tressure, unicorn, vair, vert, wreath, xanthic,
xanthous, yale, yellow, yellowish, yellowishness, yellowness



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