The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ever \Ev"er\adv. [OE. ever, [ae]fre, AS. [ae]fre; perh. akin to
AS. [=a] always. Cf. Aye, Age,Evry, Never.]
[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?" --Shak.
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.
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.