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. xiv. 24.
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
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." Drayton. Now now, 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 Now . . . now, alternately; at one time . . . at another time. "Now high, now low, now
master up, now miss." Pope.
(Now), a. Existing at the present time; present. [R.] "Our now happiness." Glanvill.
(Now), n. The present time or moment; the present.
Nothing is there to come, and nothing past;Cowley.
But an eternal now does ever last.
(Now"a*days`) adv. [For now on (OE. an) days. See A-, 1.] In these days; at the present
What men of spirit, nowadays,Garrick.
Come to give sober judgment of new plays ?
(No"way` No"ways`) adv. [No, a. + way. Cf. - wards.] In no manner or degree; not at all; nowise.
But Ireland will noways allow that name unto it.Fuller.
(Nowch) n. See Nouch. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Nowd) n. (Zoöl.) The European gray gurnard [Written also knoud.]
(Now"ed) a. [F. noué, p. p. of nouer to knot, fr. L. nodare. See Nodated.] (Her.) Knotted; tied
in a knot, as a serpent.
(Now"el) n. [See Noel.] [Written also noël.]
1. Christmas; also, a shout of joy at Christmas for the birth of the Savior. [Obs.]
2. (Mus.) A kind of hymn, or canticle, of mediæval origin, sung in honor of the Nativity of our Lord; a
Christmas carol. Grove.
(Now"el), n. [F. noyau, prop., a kernel. See Noyau, Newel a post.] (Founding) (a) The core,
or the inner part, of a mold for casting a large hollow object. (b) The bottom part of a mold or of a
flask, in distinction from the cope; the drag.
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