9. Denoting the agent, or person by whom, or thing by which, anything is, or is done; by.
And told to her of [by] some.Chaucer.
He taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.Luke iv. 15.
[Jesus] being forty days tempted of the devil.Luke iv. 1, 2.
The use of the word in this sense, as applied to persons, is nearly obsolete.
10. Denoting relation to place or time; belonging to, or connected with; as, men of Athens; the people of
the Middle Ages; in the days of Herod.
11. Denoting passage from one state to another; from. [Obs.] "O miserable of happy." Milton.
12. During; in the course of.
Not be seen to wink of all the day.Shak.
My custom always of the afternoon.Shak.
Of may be used in a subjective or an objective sense. "The love of God" may mean, our love for God,
or God's love for us.
From is the primary sense of this preposition; a sense retained in off, the same word differently written
for distinction. But this radical sense disappears in most of its application; as, a man of genius; a man
of rare endowments; a fossil of a red color, or of an hexagonal figure; he lost all hope of relief; an affair
of the cabinet; he is a man of decayed fortune; what is the price of corn? In these and similar phrases,
of denotes property or possession, or a relation of some sort involving connection. These applications,
however all proceeded from the same primary sense. That which proceeds from, or is produced by, a
person or thing, either has had, or still has, a close connection with the same; and hence the word was
applied to cases of mere connection, not involving at all the idea of separation.
Of consequence, of importance, value, or influence. Of late, recently; in time not long past. Of
old, formerly; in time long past. Of one's self, by one's self; without help or prompting; spontaneously.
Why, knows not Montague, that of itselfShak.
England is safe, if true within itself?
(Off) adv. [OE. of, orig. the same word as R. of, prep., AS. of, adv. & prep. &radic194. See Of.]
In a general sense, denoting from or away from; as:
1. Denoting distance or separation; as, the house is a mile off.
2. Denoting the action of removing or separating; separation; as, to take off the hat or cloak; to cut off, to
pare off, to clip off, to peel off, to tear off, to march off, to fly off, and the like.
3. Denoting a leaving, abandonment, departure, abatement, interruption, or remission; as, the fever goes
off; the pain goes off; the game is off; all bets are off.
4. Denoting a different direction; not on or towards: away; as, to look off.
5. Denoting opposition or negation. [Obs.]
The questions no way touch upon puritanism, either off or on.Bp. Sanderson. From off, off from; off. "A live coal . . . taken with the tongs from off the altar." Is. vi. 6. Off and
on. (a) Not constantly; not regularly; now and then; occasionally. (b) (Naut.) On different tacks, now