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ɔr; unstressed əror

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Oregon, Beaver State, OR(noun)

    a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific

  2. operating room, OR, operating theater, operating theatre, surgery(noun)

    a room in a hospital equipped for the performance of surgical operations

    "great care is taken to keep the operating rooms aseptic"


  1. OR(Noun)

    The binary operator inclusive or, true if one at least one of two inputs is true. In infix notation, it has values

    Etymology: oþþe.

  2. OR(Conjunction)

    Inclusive or; either one proposition or the other is true or both.

    Etymology: oþþe.

  3. OR(Conjunction)

    A lexical symbol to implement inclusive or in a computer language.

    Etymology: oþþe.

  4. OR(Conjunction)

    A logical gate to implement inclusive or.

    Etymology: oþþe.

  5. OR(Abbreviation)

    Oregon, a state of the United States of America.

    Etymology: oþþe.

  6. OR(Abbreviation)

    Orissa, a state of India.

    Etymology: oþþe.

  7. OR(Abbreviation)

    Olympic Record

    Etymology: oþþe.


  1. Or

    In heraldry, Or is the tincture of gold and, together with argent, belongs to the class of light tinctures called "metals". In engravings and line drawings, it may be represented using a field of evenly spaced dots. It is very frequently depicted as yellow, though gold leaf was used in many illuminated manuscripts and more extravagant rolls of arms. The word gold is occasionally used in place of Or in blazon, sometimes to prevent repetition of the word Or in a blazon, or because this substitution was in fashion when the blazon was first written down, or when it is preferred by the officer of arms. Or is frequently spelt with a capital letter so as not to confuse it with the conjunction or. Or is said to represent the following: ⁕Of jewels, the topaz ⁕Of heavenly bodies, the Sun ⁕Of metals, gold ⁕Of virtues, Faith or obedience and gentility

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Or

    or, adv. ere, before. [Ere.]

  2. Or

    or, conj. marking an alternative, and sometimes opposition [short for other, modern Eng. either].—prep. (B.) before. [In this sense a corr. of ere.]

  3. Or

    or, n. (her.) gold. [Fr.,—L. aurum, gold.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. or

    In heraldry the metal gold, represented in heraldic engravings by an unlimited number of dots.

Editors Contribution

  1. or

    A possibility.

    They had the choice of dinner or eating a couple of snacks and chose snacks.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 30, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'or' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #33

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'or' in Written Corpus Frequency: #54

How to pronounce or?

  1. Alex
    US English

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of or in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of or in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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