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Each

English

Etymology

From Middle English eche, from Old English ?l?, contraction of hwyl? ("each, every, any, all"), from Proto-Germanic *aiwô ("ever, always") + *ga- + *hwil?kaz. Compare Scots ilk, elk ("each, every"), Saterland Frisian älk ("each"), West Frisian elk ("each"), Dutch elk ("each"), Low German elk, ellik ("each"), German Low German elk, elke ("each, every"), German jeglich ("any").

Pronunciation

Determiner

each

  1. All; every; qualifying a singular noun, indicating all examples of the thing so named seen as individual or separate items (compare every).
    • 2013 July 19, Ian Sample, "Irregular bedtimes may affect children's brains", in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 34:
      Irregular bedtimes may disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits.  ¶ Going to bed at a different time each night affected girls more than boys, but both fared worse on mental tasks than children who had a set bedtime, researchers found.
    make sure you wash each bowl well;  the sun comes up each morning and sets each night
  2. Every one; every thing.
    I'm going to give each of you a chance to win.
  3. For one; per.
    The apples cost 50 cents each.

Usage notes

  • (all, every): The phrase beginning with each identifies a set of items wherein the words following each identify the individual elements by their shared characteristics. The phrase is grammatically singular in number, so if the phrase is the subject of a sentence, its verb is conjugated into a third-person singular form. Similarly, any pronouns that refer to the noun phrase are singular:
    Each candidate has 49 votes.
    Each voter must decide for herself.

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Translations

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Noun

each (plural eaches)

  1. (operations, philosophy) An individual item: the least quantitative unit in a grouping.
    • 2007, David E. Mulcahy, Eaches or Pieces Order Fulfillment, Design, and Operations Handbook, CRC Press, ->ISBN, page 385:
      An each, piece, single item, or individual item package.
    • 2008, Frederick Neuhouser, Rousseau's theodicy of self-love, page 238:
      Amour-propre would be able to take an interest in assuming the standpoint of reason, then, if applying 'each' to oneself in rational deliberation were simultaneously bound up with publicly establishing oneself as an 'each'

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Irish

Etymology

From Old Irish ech, from Proto-Celtic *ek?os, from Proto-Indo-European *h?é?wos ("horse").

Pronunciation

Noun

each m (genitive singular eich, nominative plural eacha)

  1. (archaic) horse

Declension

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Derived terms

Mutation

Irish mutation
Radical Eclipsis with h-prothesis with t-prothesis
each n-each heach t-each
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References


Scottish Gaelic

Etymology

From Old Irish ech, from Proto-Celtic *ek?os, from Proto-Indo-European *h?é?wos ("horse").

Pronunciation

Noun

each m (genitive singular eich, plural eich)

  1. horse
  2. (dated) brute

Derived terms

References


West Frisian

Etymology

From Old Frisian ?ge, from Proto-Germanic *augô, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h?ek?- ("eye; to see").

Pronunciation

Noun

each c (plural eagen, diminutive eachje)

  1. eye

Further reading

  • "each (I)", in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011

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