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Webster 1913 Edition


Thorough

Thor′ough

,
p
rep.
[See
Through
.]
Through.
[Obs.]
Spenser. Shak.

Thor′ough

,
Adj.
1.
Passing through;
as,
thorough
lights in a house
.
[Obs.]
2.
Passing through or to the end; hence, complete; perfect;
as, a
thorough
reformation;
thorough
work; a
thorough
translator; a
thorough
poet
.

Thor′ough

,
adv.
1.
Thoroughly.
[Obs. or Colloq.]
Chaucer.
2.
Through.
[Obs.]
Shak.

Thor′ough

,
Noun.
A furrow between two ridges, to drain off the surface water.
[Prov. Eng.]
Halliwell.

Webster 1828 Edition


Thorough

THOROUGH

,
Adj.
thur'ro.
1.
Literally, passing through or to the end; hence, complete; perfect; as a thorough reformation; thorough work; a thorough translator; a thorough poet.
2.
Passing through; as thorough lights in a house.

THOROUGH

, prep. thur'ro. From side to side, or from end to end.
1.
By means of. [Not now used.] [See Through.]

THOROUGH

,
Noun.
thur'ro. An inter-furrow between two ridges.

Definition 2022


thorough

thorough

English

Alternative forms

Adjective

thorough (comparative more thorough, superlative most thorough)

  1. Painstaking and careful not to miss or omit any detail.
    The Prime Minister announced a thorough investigation into the death of a father of two in police custody.
    He is the most thorough worker I have ever seen.
    The infested house needs a thorough cleansing before it will be inhabitable.
  2. Utter; complete; absolute.
    It is a thorough pleasure to see him beg for mercy.
Translations
Derived terms

Etymology 2

A disyllabic form of Old English þurh (through).

Preposition

thorough

  1. (obsolete) Through. [9th-19th c.]

Noun

thorough (plural thoroughs)

  1. (Britain, dialect) A furrow between two ridges, to drain off the surface water.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)