1. (used of count nouns) each and all of the members of a group considered singly and without exception; - Example: "every person is mortal" - Example: "every party is welcome" - Example: "had every hope of success" - Example: "every chance of winning"
2. each and all of a series of entities or intervals as specified; - Example: "every third seat" - Example: "every two hours"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Every \Ev"er*y\, a. & a. pron. [OE. everich, everilk; AS.
[=ae]fre ever + [ae]lc each. See Ever, each.]
1. All the parts which compose a whole collection or
aggregate number, considered in their individuality, all
taken separately one by one, out of an indefinite number.
Every man at his best state is altogether vanity.
Every door and window was adorned with wreaths of
2. Every one. Cf. Each. [Obs.] "Every of your wishes."
Daily occasions given to every of us. --Hooker.
Every each, every one. [Obs.] "Every each of them hath some
Every now and then, at short intervals; occasionally;
repeatedly; frequently. [Colloq.]
Note: Every may, by way of emphasis, precede the article the
with a superlative adjective; as, every, the least
Syn: Every, Each, Any.
Usage: Any denotes one, or some, taken indifferently from the
individuals which compose a class. Every differs from
each in giving less prominence to the selection of the
individual. Each relates to two or more individuals of
a class. It refers definitely to every one of them,
denoting that they are considered separately, one by
one, all being included; as, each soldier was
receiving a dollar per day. Every relates to more than
two and brings into greater prominence the notion that
not one of all considered is excepted; as, every
soldier was on service, except the cavalry, that is,
all the soldiers, etc.
In each division there were four pentecosties,
in every pentecosty four enomoties, and of each
enomoty there fought in the front rank four
If society is to be kept together and the
children of Adam to be saved from setting up
each for himself with every one else his foe.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: (used of count nouns) each and all of the members of a
group considered singly and without exception; "every
person is mortal"; "every party is welcome"; "had every
hope of success"; "every chance of winning"
2: each and all of a series of entities or intervals as
specified; "every third seat"; "every two hours"