Each a. ∨ a. pron.
1. Every one of the two or more individuals composing a number of objects, considered separately from the rest. It is used either with or without a following noun; as, each of you or each one of you. “Each of the combatants.”
Note: ☞ To each corresponds other. “Let each esteem other better than himself.” Each other, used elliptically for each the other. It is our duty to assist each other; that is, it is our duty, each to assist the other, each being in the nominative and other in the objective case.
It is a bad thing that men should hate each other; but it is far worse that they should contract the habit of cutting one another's throats without hatred. --Macaulay.
His adamantine coat gird well. --Milton.
In each cheek appears a pretty dimple. --Shak.
Then draw we nearer day by day,
Each to his brethren, all to God. --Keble.
The oak and the elm have each a distinct character. --Gilpin.
2. Every; -- sometimes used interchangeably with every.
I know each lane and every alley green. --Milton.
In short each man's happiness depends upon himself. --Sterne.
Note: ☞ This use of each for every, though common in Scotland and in America, is now un-English.
Syn: -- See Every.
adj : (used of count nouns) every one considered individually;
"each person is mortal"; "each party is welcome" [syn:
adv : to or from every one of two or more (considered
individually); "they received $10 each" [syn: to each
one, for each one, from each one, apiece]