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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. (Arbuthnot)

2. Very lately; not long ago. They that but now, for honor and for plate, Made the sea blush with blood, resign their hate. (waller)

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 xviii. 40) 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. 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. . Now now, at this very instant; precisely now. Why, even now now, at holding up of this finger, and before the turning down of this. . Now . . . Now, alternately; at one time . . . At another time. Now high, now low, now master up, now [[ 4ba miss]]. .

Origin: OE. Nou, nu, AS. Nu, nu; akin to D, OS, & OHG. Nu, G. Nu, nun, Icel, nu, Dan, Sw, & Goth. Nu, L. Nunc, Gr, Skr. Nu, nu. 193. Cf. New.