Both a. or pron. The one and the other; the two; the pair, without exception of either.
Note: ☞ It is generally used adjectively with nouns; as, both horses ran away; but with pronouns, and often with nous, it is used substantively, and followed by of.
Note: It frequently stands as a pronoun.
She alone is heir to both of us. --Shak.
Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant. --Gen. xxi. 27.
He will not bear the loss of his rank, because he can bear the loss of his estate; but he will bear both, because he is prepared for both. --Bolingbroke.
Note: It is often used in apposition with nouns or pronouns.
Thy weal and woe are both of them extremes. --Shak.
This said, they both betook them several ways. --Milton.
Note: Both now always precedes any other attributive words; as, both their armies; both our eyes.
Note: Both of is used before pronouns in the objective case; as, both of us, them, whom, etc.; but before substantives its used is colloquial, both (without of) being the preferred form; as, both the brothers.
Both, conj. As well; not only; equally.
Note: Both precedes the first of two coördinate words or phrases, and is followed by and before the other, both . . . and . . . ; as well the one as the other; not only this, but also that; equally the former and the latter. It is also sometimes followed by more than two coördinate words, connected by and expressed or understood.
To judge both quick and dead. --Milton.
A masterpiece both for argument and style. --Goldsmith.
To whom bothe heven and erthe and see is sene. --Chaucer.
Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound. --Goldsmith.
He prayeth well who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast. --Coleridge.
adj : (used with count nouns) two considered together; the two;
"both girls are pretty" [syn: both(a)]