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Definition: now and then
now and then
adv : now and then or here and there; “he was arrogant and
; “open areas are only
occasionally interrupted by clumps of trees”
visit New York on occasion”
; “now and again she would
take her favorite book from the shelf and read to us”
“as we drove along, the beautiful scenery now and then
attracted his attention”
, on occasion
, once in a while
, now and again
, at times
, from time to time
English → English
Definition: Now and then
(nou), adv. [OE. nou, nu, AS. n[=u], nu; akin to D.,
OS., & OHG. nu, G. nu, nun, Icel., n[=u], Dan., Sw., & Goth.
nu, L. nunc, Gr. ny`, ny^n, Skr. nu, n[=u]. [root]193. Cf.
1. At the present time; at this moment; at the time of
speaking; instantly; as, I will write now.
I have a patient now living, at an advanced age, who
discharged blood from his lungs thirty years ago.
2. Very lately; not long ago.
They that but now, for honor and for plate,
Made the sea blush with blood, resign their hate.
3. At a time contemporaneous with something spoken of or
contemplated; at a particular time referred to.
The ship was now in the midst of the sea. --Matt.
4. In present circumstances; things being as they are; --
hence, used as a connective particle, to introduce an
inference or an explanation.
How shall any man distinguish now betwixt a parasite
and a man of honor? --L'Estrange.
Why should he live, now nature bankrupt is? --Shak.
Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but
Barabbas. Now, Barabbas was a robber. --John xviii.
The other great and undoing mischief which befalls
men is, by their being misrepresented. Now, by
calling evil good, a man is misrepresented to others
in the way of slander. --South.
Now and again
, now and then; occasionally.
Now and now
, again and again; repeatedly. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
Now and then
, at one time and another; indefinitely;
occasionally; not often; at intervals. “A mead here,
there a heath, and now and then a wood.”
, at this very instant; precisely now. [Obs.] “Why,
even now now, at holding up of this finger, and before the
turning down of this.”
--J. Webster (1607).
Now . . . now
, alternately; at one time . . . at another
time. “Now high, now low, now master up, now miss.”
([th][e^]n), adv. [Originally the same word as than.
1. At that time (referring to a time specified, either past
And the Canaanite was then in the land. --Gen. xii.
Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as
also I am known. --1 Cor. xiii.
2. Soon afterward, or immediately; next; afterward.
First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come
and offer thy gift. --Matt. v. 24.
3. At another time; later; again.
One while the master is not aware of what is done,
and then in other cases it may fall out to be own
(a) By that time.
(b) By the time that. [Obs.]
But that opinion, I trust, by then this
following argument hath been well read, will be
left for one of the mysteries of an indulgent
Now and then
. See under Now
, until that time; until the time mentioned.
Note: Then is often used elliptically, like an adjective, for
then existing; as, the then administration.