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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Anything Any object, act, state, event, or fact whatever; thing of any kind; something or other; aught; as, I would not do it for anything . "Did you ever know of anything so unlucky?""They do not know that anything is amiss with them."
    • Anything Expressing an indefinite comparison; -- with as or like. "I fear your girl will grow as proud as anything ."
    • adv Anything In any measure; anywise; at all. "Mine old good will and hearty affection towards you is not . . . anything at all quailed."
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Do you ever play anything by request Do you ever play anything by request
Anything serious to report Anything serious to report

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law whichstated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than yourthumb.
    • anything A thing, indefinitely; something or other, no matter what: opposed to nothing: as, have you anything to eat? I do not see anything; give me anything.
    • anything [From its indeterminate signification, anything is often used colloquially in comparisons, as emphatically comprehensive of whatever simile may suggest itself or be appropriate, especially in the comparative phrases as… as anything, like anything, equivalent to ‘exceedingly,’ ‘greatly.’
    • anything Any whit; in any degree; to any extent; at all. If anything, if in any degree; if at all; if there is any difference: as, if anything, he is a little better to-day.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 'Chop Suey' translates to something like 'pieces of meat' and was invented by Chinese railroad workers who didn't know how to cook anything except to 'chop stuff up and fry it'
    • ns Anything a thing indefinitely, as opposed to nothing: any whit, to any extent
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  • John Andrew Holmes
    John Andrew Holmes
    “Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “Positive anything is better than negative nothing.”
  • Voltaire
    “If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
    “Here is the rule to remember in the future, When anything tempts you to be bitter: not, This is a misfortune but To bear this worthily is good fortune.”
  • Josh Billings
    “I have never known a person to live to be one hundred and be remarkable for anything else.”
  • Bob Hope
    “I don't generally feel anything until noon, then it's time for my nap.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ænigan, one.


In literature:

The country doesn't grow anything yet.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
Odeon hadn't minded; he'd been rather flattered, if anything.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
He'd be ridiculous to please her; he'd face anything, suffer anything, take anything on.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
It may have had some backward reference, in part, for anything I know, to my employment at the window.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
She's the sort of child who would do anything to gain anything.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Not that she could really feel anything, or enjoy her obscurity or do anything with it now that she had got it.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
The stern of a ship, or anything in her which has that end towards the stern.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Anything at all that you may have heard of that kind, if you have heard anything, is perfectly false.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
I do not want anything, I will not have anything that any one cannot have.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
She had evidently said all she meant to say about the singing, and it did not occur to her to talk of anything else.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Now, if you can draw that stone, you can draw anything: I mean, anything that is drawable.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
Anything clever or cunning, anything requiring audacity, I can do with.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
What's the use of my trying, for instance, to do anything, or be anything?
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
It seemed to me I had not learned anything.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
Would anything ever ease it in reality?
"The Rhodesian" by Gertrude Page
Is there anything I can do for you?
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
No one looks after anything.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
But then, I have hardly anything the matter.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
And I'm not going to do anything that I don't feel is right, or anything that I'll be sorry for.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
He'd say they were getting old, and he'd be a little pathetic about it; but it wouldn't be anything serious.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett

In poetry:

We kiss your four sides
And four corners
And twenty-four nails
And anything else you have
"The Prisoners Of The Little Box" by Vasko Popa
Of anything to do with
You, nothing knows
The cuckoo;
Is not to come and call
Simply in his nature?
"Of anything to do with you" by Ise
In Euclid too I always climb
The Asses' Bridge with pain;
A superficies to me
Is anything but plane.
"Mathematics" by Arthur Clement Hilton
If weary one, or not,
What matters anything?
Let him toss back his locks
And playful laugh and sing!
"The Song Of The Spensthrift" by Ivan Nikitin
Here a dog head dreams.
Not any hate, not any love.
Not anything but dreams.
Brother of dusk and umber.
"Three Pieces On The Smoke Of Autumn" by Carl Sandburg
I can recall no word
Of anything he did;
For me he is a man who died and was interred
To leave a pyramid
"Rome: At the Pyramid Of Cestius. (Near The Graves Of Shelley & Keats)" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Is there anything your parents let you do that you would never EVER let your own kids do.
Aniston looks anything but smooth in her new movie.
Almost anything is possible when the Yankees talk trades because they have the most money and the most pressure to win.
I am a fan of pretty much anything that resembles a granola bar, granola, or those nut butter balls that you find at health food stores.
"I think I work at getting the right pieces more than anything," he said.
And I certainly won't say no to anything that is topped with buttered breadcrumbs .
"The break-off last year is bigger than anything seen for at least 150 years," Hubbard said.
Inside Peabody's nightclub on a not-quite-spring evening, practically anything goes and just about everything glows.
"I think God wanted me to be on here to show people that you can do anything, you know, nothing's impossible," said Boyle.
Attending a Balmain show couldn't be a more ironic activity in These Times, since it's unlikely anything coming down the runway will cost less than $1,400.
You can't think anything else.
Monster Tech 3 Yamaha pair of Crutchlow and Dovisioso go quickest, but test doesn't produce anything new beside chassis for Lorenzo.
Swift Creek's "Blithe Spirit" does anything but bomb.
David Broder never wanted to do anything but write about politics.
I wasn't really looking for anything romantic when I booked the McKenney room at Southern Maryland's Brome Howard Inn for a night several weeks ago.

In science:

It is hard to say anything explicit about the degrees of freedom when the theory is formulated in the form (1) or (2).
A note on topological brane theories
Before we calculate anything, we need to describe how we think about the spin transport in this case.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
The probabilistic growing and disbanding of legs avoids possible oscillations in root behavior: if deterministic, when the weight shifts, many roots could decide to grow legs, then disband them on the next step, thus oscillating between the two without doing anything useful.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
Eddington long before hypothesized that it was so cold in space that anything that hits a small particle will stick.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
To do so we do a non-separating blow-up sequence on each of r − 1 horizontal curves (anything else leads to a configuration of curves whose intersection matrix has determinant 0, and which can therefore not blow down to a Morrow configuration).
Rational polynomials of simple type
Does this work tell us anything on them? Well, the construction in §5 gives somewhat more than what unstability gives: complicated models with more specific freedom.
Classification theory for theories with NIP - a modest beginning
In higher dimensions this move would not change anything because homotopy in M − A would imply homotopy in ∂M − A, and homotopy of paths implies isotopy.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
It is remarkable that this condition (which does not know anything about space-time supersymmetry) also ensures that we can consistently implement the GSO pro jection with simple currents.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
One interesting question to ask is whether the spread in DM seen in the known pulsar population can reveal anything about the Magellanic Clouds themselves.
Radio Pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds
The fact that the luminosity functions for young clusters are power laws begs the question of whether there is anything fundamentally different between a massive open cluster and a low-mass globular cluster.
The Formation of Star Clusters
Second, we would probably call them open clusters anyway, since we are not use to calling anything young a globular cluster.
The Formation of Star Clusters
Here we have to note that Lemma 2.1 is not enough to carry on this procedure because it does not say anything about the generators of the group, and what we want is to obtain the group generated by the three elements that correspond to the selected singular arcs.
Singular sets and parameters of generalized triangle orbifolds
However, this quantum effect is of a subtle kind: it acts neither on material substance, nor on locally conserved energy-momentum, nor on anything else that exists in the classical conception of the physical world that the theory of relativity was originally designed to cover.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Does this theory explain anything? Essentially this model was already in place [29, 30] when a colleague, Dr.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Thus, if we change the sign on all components of the momentum parameter vectors, it will not change anything in the value of the Kij K ij term, and thus the metric is conserved under such a sign change, at least in the puncture formulation.
Local and global properties of conformally flat initial data for black hole collisions