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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Nev·er adv.
 1. Not ever; not at any time; at no time, whether past, present, or future.
    Death still draws nearer, never seeming near.   --Pope.
 2. In no degree; not in the least; not.
    Whosoever has a friend to guide him, may carry his eyes in another man's head, and yet see never the worse.   --South.
    And he answered him to never a word.   --Matt. xxvii. 14.
 Note:Never is much used in composition with present participles to form adjectives, as in never-ceasing, never-dying, never-ending, never-fading, never-failing, etc., retaining its usual signification.
 Never a deal, not a bit. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
 Never so, as never before; more than at any other time, or in any other circumstances; especially; particularly; -- now often expressed or replaced by ever so.
    Ask me never so much dower and gift.   --Gen. xxxiv. 12.
    A fear of battery, . . . though never so well grounded, is no duress.   --Blackstone.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ev·er adv.  [Sometimes contracted into e'er.]
 1. At any time; at any period or point of time.
    No man ever yet hated his own flesh.   --Eph. v. 29.
 2. At all times; through all time; always; forever.
 He shall ever love, and always be
 The subject of by scorn and cruelty.   --Dryder.
 3. Without cessation; continually.
 Note:Ever is sometimes used as an intensive or a word of enforcement. “His the old man e'er a son?”
    To produce as much as ever they can.   --M. Arnold.
 Ever and anon, now and then; often. See under Anon.
 Ever is one, continually; constantly. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
 Ever so, in whatever degree; to whatever extent; -- used to intensify indefinitely the meaning of the associated adjective or adverb. See Never so, under Never.   “Let him be ever so rich.” --Emerson.
 And all the question (wrangle e'er so long),
 Is only this, if God has placed him wrong.   --Pope.
    You spend ever so much money in entertaining your equals and betters.   --Thackeray.
 -- For ever, eternally. See Forever.
 For ever and a day, emphatically forever. --Shak.
    She [Fortune] soon wheeled away, with scornful laughter, out of sight for ever and day.   --Prof. Wilson.
 -- Or ever (for or ere), before. See Or, ere. [Archaic]
 Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven
 Or ever I had seen that day, Horatio!   --Shak.
 Note:Ever is sometimes joined to its adjective by a hyphen, but in most cases the hyphen is needless; as, ever memorable, ever watchful, ever burning.