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Each. pron. [elc, Saxon; elch, Dutch; ilk, Scottish.]

  1. Either of two.

    Though your orbs of diff'rent greatness be,
    Yet both are for each other's use dispos'd;
    His to inclose, and your's to be inclos'd.

  2. Every one of any number. This sense is rare, except in poetry.

    Th' invention all admir'd, and each how he
    To be th' inventer miss'd.
    Milton, b. vi.

                                          Let each
    His adamantine coat gird well, and each
    Fit well his helm.
    Milton, b. vi.

    By hunger, that each other creature tames,
    Thou art not to be harm'd, therefore not mov'd;
    Thy temperance invincible besides.
    Milton's Paradise Reg.

    Wise Plato said, the world with men was stor'd,
    That succour each to other might afford.

To Each the correspondent word is other, whether it be used of two, or of a greater number.

'Tis said they eat each other. Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Let each esteem other better than themselves. Phil. ii. 3.

Loveliest of women! heaven is in thy soul;
Beauty and virtue shine for ever round thee,
Bright'ning each other! Thou art all divine!
Addis. Cato.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Denham, John (75) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Milton, John (449) · The Bible - Philemon (6)

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