Oth·er conj. Either; -- used with other or or for its correlative (as either . . . or are now used). [Obs.]
Other of chalk, other of glass. --Chaucer.
Oth·er, pron. & a. Usage: [Formerly other was used both as singular and plural.]
1. Different from that which, or the one who, has been specified; not the same; not identical; additional; second of two.
Each of them made other for to win. --Chaucer.
Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. --Matt. v. 39.
2. Not this, but the contrary; opposite; as, the other side of a river.
3. Alternate; second; -- used esp. in connection with every; as, every other day, that is, each alternate day, every second day.
4. Left, as opposed to right. [Obs.]
A distaff in her other hand she had. --Spenser.
Note: ☞ Other is a correlative adjective, or adjective pronoun, often in contrast with one, some, that, this, etc.
The one shall be taken, and the other left. --Matt. xxiv. 41.
And some fell among thorns . . . but other fell into good ground. --Matt. xiii. 7, 8.
It is also used, by ellipsis, with a noun, expressed or understood.
To write this, or to design the other. --Dryden.
It is written with the indefinite article as one word, another; is used with each, indicating a reciprocal action or relation; and is employed absolutely, or eliptically for other thing, or other person, in which case it may have a plural.
The fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. --Ps. xlix. 10.
If he is trimming, others are true. --Thackeray.
Other is sometimes followed by but, beside, or besides; but oftener by than.
No other but such a one as he. --Coleridge.
Other lords beside thee have had dominion over us. --Is. xxvi. 13.
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid. --1 Cor. iii. 11.
The whole seven years of . . . ignominy had been little other than a preparation for this very hour. --Hawthorne.
Other some, some others. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
The other day, at a certain time past, not distant, but indefinite; not long ago; recently; rarely, the third day past.
Bind my hair up: as 't was yesterday?
No, nor t' other day. --B. Jonson.
Oth·er adv. Otherwise. “It shall none other be.” --Chaucer. “If you think other.” --Shak.
adj 1: not the same one or ones already mentioned or implied;
"today isn't any other day"- the White Queen; "the
construction of highways and other public works"; "he
asked for other employment"; "any other person would
tell the truth"; "his other books are still in
storage"; "then we looked at the other house";
"hearing was good in his other ear"; "the other sex";
"she lived on the other side of the street from me";
"went in the other direction" [ant: same]
2: further or added; "called for additional troops"; "need
extra help"; "an extra pair of shoes"; "I have no other
shoes"; "there are other possibilities" [syn: extra, other(a),
3: recently past; "the other evening" [syn: other(a)]
4: of the distant past; "the early inhabitants of Europe";
"former generations"; "in other times" [syn: early(a), former(a),
5: very unusual; different in character or quality from the
normal or expected; "a strange, other dimension...where
his powers seemed to fail"- Lance Morrow