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Webster 1913 Edition


Err

Err

(ẽr)
,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Erred
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Erring
(?; 277, 85)
.]
[F.
errer
, L.
errare
; akin to G.
irren
, OHG.
irran
, v. t.,
irrōn
, v. i., OS.
irrien
, Sw.
irra
, Dan.
irre
, Goth,
aírzjan
to lead astray,
airzise
astray.]
1.
To wander; to roam; to stray.
[Archaic]
“Why wilt thou err from me?”
Keble.
What seemeth to you, if there were to a man an hundred sheep and one of them hath
erred
.
Wyclif (Matt. xviii. 12).
2.
To deviate from the true course; to miss the thing aimed at.
“My jealous aim might err.”
Shak.
3.
To miss intellectual truth; to fall into error; to mistake in judgment or opinion; to be mistaken.
The man may
err
in his judgment of circumstances.
Tillotson.
4.
To deviate morally from the right way; to go astray, in a figurative sense; to do wrong; to sin.
Do they not
err
that devise evil?
Prov. xiv. 22.
5.
To offend, as by erring.

Webster 1828 Edition


Err

ERR

,
Verb.
I.
[L. erro.]
1.
To wander from the right way; to deviate from the true course or purpose.
But errs not nature from this gracious end,
From burning suns when livid deaths descend?
2.
To miss the right way, in morals or religion; to deviate from the path or line of duty; to stray by design or mistake.
We have erred and strayed like lost sheep.
3.
To mistake; to commit error; to do wrong from ignorance or inattention. Men err in judgment from ignorance, from want of attention to facts, or from previous bias of mind.
4.
To wander; to ramble.
A storm of strokes, well meant, with fury flies,
And errs about their temples,ears, and eyes.

Definition 2021


err

err

See also: Err.

English

Verb

err (third-person singular simple present errs, present participle erring, simple past and past participle erred)

  1. (intransitive) To make a mistake.
    • 1910, James P. Porter, chapter 2, in Intelligence and Imitation in Birds; A Criterion of Imitation, page 7:
      Artificial tests, then, can hardly err on the side of supplying too many opportunities for one bird to see another perform the act which is the model.
    He erred in his calculations, and made many mistakes.
  2. (intransitive) To sin.
  3. (archaic) to stray.

Synonyms

  • See also Wikisaurus:make a mistake

Derived terms

Translations


Albanian

Etymology

From Proto-Albanian *ausra ‘twilight’, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éusos ‘dawn’ (compare English Easter, Latin aurōra, Lithuanian aušrà).

Noun

err m

  1. dark, darkness

Synonyms

Derived terms

  • irë

Estonian

Noun

err (genitive [please provide], partitive [please provide])

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter R/r.

Faroese

Noun

err n (genitive singular ers, plural err)

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter R/r.

Declension

n9 Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative err errið err errini
Accusative err errið err errini
Dative erri errinum errum errunum
Genitive ers ersins erra erranna

See also


Icelandic

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɛrː/
    Rhymes: -ɛrː

Noun

err n (genitive singular errs, nominative plural err)

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter R/r.

Declension


Võro

Noun

err (genitive [please provide], partitive [please provide])

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter R/r.

Inflection

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