(Eis*tedd"fod) n. [W., session, fr. eistedd to sit.] An assembly or session of the Welsh
bards; an annual congress of bards, minstrels and literati of Wales, being a patriotic revival of the old
(Ei"ther) (e"&thliger or i"&thliger; 277), a. & pron. [OE. either, aither, AS. &aemacrgðer, &aemacrghwæðer
(akin to OHG. eogiwedar, MHG. iegeweder); a + ge + hwæðer whether. See Each, and Whether,
and cf. Or, conj.]
1. One of two; the one or the other; properly used of two things, but sometimes of a larger number, for
Lepidus flatters both,Shak.
Of both is flattered; but he neither loves,
Nor either cares for him.
Scarce a palm of ground could be gotten by either of the three.Bacon.
There have been three talkers in Great British, either of whom would illustrate what I say about dogmatists.Holmes.
2. Each of two; the one and the other; both; formerly, also, each of any number.
His flowing hairMilton.
In curls on either cheek played.
On either side . . . was there the tree of life.Rev. xxii. 2.
The extreme right and left of either army never engaged.Jowett
(Ei"ther), conj. Either precedes two, or more, coördinate words or phrases, and is introductory to
an alternative. It is correlative to or.
Either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth.1 Kings xviii.
Few writers hesitate to use either in what is called a triple alternative; such as, We must either stay
where we are, proceed, or recede.Latham.
Either was formerly sometimes used without any correlation, and where we should now use or.
Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs?James iii. 12.
(E*jac"u*late) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ejaculated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Ejaculating.] [L. ejaculatus,
p. p. of ejaculari to throw out; e out + ejaculari to throw, fr. jaculum javelin, dart, fr. jacere to throw.
1. To throw out suddenly and swiftly, as if a dart; to dart; to eject. [Archaic or Technical]
Its active rays ejaculated thence.Blackmore.
2. To throw out, as an exclamation; to utter by a brief and sudden impulse; as, to ejaculate a prayer.
(E*jac"u*late) v. i. To utter ejaculations; to make short and hasty exclamations. [R.] "Ejaculating
to himself." Sir W. Scott.
(E*jac`u*la"tion) n. [Cf. F. éjaculation.]
1. The act of throwing or darting out with a sudden force and rapid flight. [Archaic or Technical] "An
ejaculation or irradiation of the eye." Bacon.