1. Any object, act, state, event, or fact whatever; thing of any kind; something or other; aught; as, I would
not do it for anything.
Did you ever know of anything so unlucky?
They do not know that anything is amiss with them.
W. G. Sumner.
2. Expressing an indefinite comparison; with as or like. [Colloq. or Lowx]
I fear your girl will grow as proud as anything.
Any thing, written as two words, is now commonly used in contradistinction to any person or anybody.
Formerly it was also separated when used in the wider sense. "Necessity drove them to undertake any
thing and venture any thing." De Foe.
Anything but, not at all or in any respect. "The battle was a rare one, and the victory anything but
secure." Hawthorne. Anything like, in any respect; at all; as, I can not give anything like a fair sketch
of his trials.
(A"ny*thing), adv. In any measure; anywise; at all.
Mine old good will and hearty affection towards you is not . . . anything at all quailed.
(A`ny*thing*a"ri*an) n. One who holds to no particular creed or dogma.
(A"ny*way A"ny*ways) adv. Anywise; at all. Tennyson. Southey.
(A"ny*where) adv. In any place. Udall.
(A"ny*whith`er) adv. To or towards any place. [Archaic] De Foe.
(A"ny*wise) adv. In any wise or way; at all. "Anywise essential." Burke.
Aonian fount, the fountain of Aganippe, at the foot of Mount Helicon, not far from Thebes, and sacred
to the Muses.
(A*o"ni*an) a. [From Aonia, a part of Botia, in Greece.] Pertaining to Aonia, in Botia, or to the
Muses, who were supposed to dwell there.
(A"o*rist) n. [Gr. 'ao`ristos indefinite; 'a priv. + "ori`zein to define, boundary, limit.] (Gram.)
A tense in the Greek language, which expresses an action as completed in past time, but leaves it, in
other respects, wholly indeterminate.
(A`o*ris"tic) a. [Gr. 'aoristiko`s.] Indefinite; pertaining to the aorist tense.
(A*or"ta) n. [NL., fr. Gr. fr. to lift, heave.] (Anat.) The great artery which carries the blood from
the heart to all parts of the body except the lungs; the main trunk of the arterial system.
In fishes and the early stages of all higher vertebrates the aorta divides near its origin into several branches
(the aortic arches) which pass in pairs round the sophagus and unite to form the systemic aorta. One
or more pairs of these arches persist in amphibia and reptiles, but only one arch in birds and mammals,
this being on the right side in the former, and on the left in the latter.
(A*or"tic) a. Of or pertaining to the aorta.
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