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[awr]Heraldry.
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noun
  1. the tincture, or metal, gold: represented either by gold or by yellow.
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adjective
  1. of the tincture, or metal, gold: a lion or.
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Origin of or3

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin aurum gold

OR

[awr]
noun
  1. a Boolean operator that returns a positive result when either or both operands are positive.
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Origin of OR

1940–45
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Examples from the Web for ors

Historical Examples

  • Do listen to the row the Padre is making with your gun, Ors' Anton'!

    Columba

    Prosper Merimee

  • "Now then, Ors' Anton'," said the bandit, when he had finished binding up the wound.

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    Prosper Merimee

  • Night′-terr′ors, the sudden starting from sleep of children in a state of fright.

  • Probe′-sciss′ors, scissors used to open wounds, the blade having a button at the end.

  • Ors' Anton' has lived too much on the mainland to carry things through like a man of mettle.

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    Prosper Merimee


British Dictionary definitions for ors

or1

conjunction (coordinating)
  1. used to join alternativesapples or pears; apples or pears or cheese; apples, pears, or cheese
  2. used to join rephrasings of the same thingto serve in the army, or rather to fight in the army; twelve, or a dozen
  3. used to join two alternatives when the first is preceded by either or whetherwhether it rains or not we'll be there; either yes or no
  4. one or two a few
  5. or else See else (def. 3)
  6. a poetic word for either or whether as the first element in correlatives, with or also preceding the second alternative
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Word Origin

C13: contraction of other, used to introduce an alternative, changed (through influence of either) from Old English oththe; compare Old High German odar (German oder)

or2

conjunction
  1. (subordinating; foll by ever or ere) before; when
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preposition
  1. before
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Word Origin

Old English ār soon; related to Old Norse ār early, Old High German ēr

or3

adjective
  1. (usually postpositive) heraldry of the metal gold
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Word Origin

C16: via French from Latin aurum gold

OR

abbreviation for
  1. operations research
  2. Oregon
  3. military other ranks
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Word Origin and History for ors

or

conj.

c.1200, from Old English conjunction oþþe "either, or," related to Old Frisian ieftha, Middle Dutch ofte, Old Norse eða, Old High German odar, German oder, Gothic aiþþau "or." This was extended in early Middle English (and Old High German) with an -r ending, perhaps by analogy with "choice between alternative" words that ended thus (e.g. either, whether), then reduced to oþþr, at first in unstressed situations (commonly thus in Northern and Midlands English by 1300), and finally reduced to or, though other survived in this sense until 16c.

The contraction took place in the second term of an alternative, such as either ... or, a common construction in Old English, where both words originally were oþþe (see nor).

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