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OR abbreviation 1 operational research; operations research. 2 US state Oregon. Also written Ore. or Oreg. 3 military other ranks.
or1 conj used to introduce: 1 alternatives red or pink or blue. 2 a synonym or explanation a puppy or young dog. 3 an afterthought She's laughing - or is she crying? 4 the second part of an indirect question Ask her whether she thinks he'll come or not. 5 because if not; or else Run or you'll be late. 6 and not never joins in or helps. or else 1 otherwise. 2 colloq expressing a threat or warning Give it to me or else! or rather or to be more accurate He went too, or rather I heard he did. or so about; roughly been there two hours or so.
ETYMOLOGY: 13c: a contraction of other.
or2 noun, heraldry a gold colour.
ETYMOLOGY: 16c: French, from Latin aurum gold.
-or suffix, forming nouns, denoting a person or thing that performs an action or function actor elevator.
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