What does without mean?

Definitions for without
wɪðˈaʊt, wɪθ-with·out

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  1. withoutadverb

    outside, externally

  2. withoutadverb

    Lacking something.

    Being from a large, poor family, he learned to live without.

  3. withoutconjunction

    Unless, except (introducing a clause).

  4. withoutpreposition

    Outside of, beyond

  5. withoutpreposition

    Not having, containing, characteristic of, etc..

  6. Etymology: From Late wiþutan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Withoutadverb

    Forming trees and shrubs into sundry shapes, is done by moulding them within, and cutting them without. Francis Bacon.

    Wise men use studies; for they teach not their own use; but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation. Francis Bacon.

    These were from without the growing miseries. John Milton.

    Having gone as far as they could without, they began to observe them within. Nehemiah Grew.

    The reception of light into the body of the building, was very prompt from without, and from within. Henry Wotton.

    Their doors are barr’d against a bitter flout;
    Snarl, if you please, but you shall snarl without. Dryden.

  2. Withoutconjunct.

    Unless; if not; except. Not in use.

    I find my love shall be proved no love, without I leave to love, being too unfit a vessel in whom so high thoughts should be engraved. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    You will never live to my age, without you keep yourselves in breath with exercise, and in heart with joyfulness. Philip Sidney.

  3. Withoutprep.

    Etymology: wiðutan , Saxon.

    Many there are, whose destinies have prevented their desires, and made their good motives the wards of their executors, not without miserable success. Joseph Hall.

    Hast so much wit, and mirth, and spleen about thee,
    There is no living with thee, nor without thee. Tatler.

    The virtuous bezoar is taken from the beast that feedeth upon the mountains; and that without virtue, from those that feed in the vallies. Francis Bacon.

    Infallibility and inerrableness are assumed and inclosed by the Romish church, without any inerrable ground to hold it on. Henry Hammond.

    If the ideas be not innate, there was a time, when the mind was without those principles; and then they will not be innate, but be derived from some other original. John Locke.

    Eternity, before the world and after, is without our reach: but that little spot of ground that lies betwixt those two great oceans, this we are to cultivate. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Without the separation of the two monarchies, the most advantageous terms from the French, must end in our destruction. Addison.

    Excess of diet in costly meats and drinks fetched from beyond the seas, would be avoided: wise men will do it without a law; I would there might be a law to restrain fools. Francis Bacon.

    Without the gate
    Some drive the cars, and some the coursers rein. Dryden.

    When the weather hinders me from taking my diversions without doors, I frequently make a little party with select friends. Ad.

    The great lords of Ireland informed the king, that the Irishry might not be naturalized without damage to themselves or the crown. John Davies, Ireland.

    Happiness under this view, ev’ry one constantly pursues. Other things acknowledged to be good, he can look upon without desire, pass by, and be content without. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Without

    on or at the outside of; out of; not within; as, without doors

  2. Without

    out of the limits of; out of reach of; beyond

  3. Without

    not with; otherwise than with; in absence of, separation from, or destitution of; not with use or employment of; independently of; exclusively of; with omission; as, without labor; without damage

  4. Without

    unless; except; -- introducing a clause

  5. Withoutadverb

    on or art the outside; not on the inside; not within; outwardly; externally

  6. Withoutadverb

    outside of the house; out of doors

  7. Etymology: [OE. withoute, withouten, AS. witan; wi with, against, toward + tan outside, fr. t out. See With, prep., Out.]


  1. Without

    "Without" is the debut single from half-English, half-Italian solo singer Jack Savoretti taken from his debut album, Between the Minds. "Without" was the first release on De Angelis Records, the label set up by Anne Barrett. The track went onto the Radio 2 B list on the same day that Jack played his media showcase at the prestigious London club Ronnie Scott’s. It spent a total of two weeks in the UK Singles Chart, debuting at number 90 then falling to 180 a week later.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Without

    with-owt′, prep. outside or out of: beyond: not with: in absence of: not having: except: all but.—adv. on the outside: out of doors.—conj. except.—adj. Without′-door (Shak.), being out of doors.—prep. Without′en (Spens.), without.—Without book, on no authority; Without distinction, indiscriminately.—From without, from the outside. [A.S. wiðútanwið, against, útan, outside.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. without

    Outside, as, studding-sail without studding-sail; or, without board, outside a ship.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'without' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #167

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'without' in Written Corpus Frequency: #408

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of without in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of without in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of without in a Sentence

  1. John F. Kennedy:

    Too often we...enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

  2. Peter Brodie:

    One attraction of Latin is that you can immerse yourself in the poems of Horace and Catullus without fretting over how to say, Have a nice day.

  3. Max Beauvoir:

    Voodoo is the soul of the Haitian people and nothing can be done without that cultural basis. It is a way of life. Voodoo has always been on the frontline. It can provide treatment to people who are both physically and mentally ill.

  4. Kristin Dziczek:

    This round of contract negotiations was always going to be very difficult, even without the shadow of a federal investigation hanging over the union, that shadow has just become a giant storm cloud.

  5. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Science does not know its debt to imagination. Goethe did not believe that a great naturalist could exist without this faculty.

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    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
    • A. plush
    • B. suspicious
    • C. abrupt
    • D. handsome

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