And
And And, conj. [AS. and; akin to OS. endi, Icel. enda, OHG. anti, enti, inti, unti, G. und, D. en, OD. ende. Cf, {An} if, {Ante-}.] 1. A particle which expresses the relation of connection or addition. It is used to conjoin a word with a word, a clause with a clause, or a sentence with a sentence. [1913 Webster]

Note: (a) It is sometimes used emphatically; as, ``there are women and women,'' that is, two very different sorts of women. (b) By a rhetorical figure, notions, one of which is modificatory of the other, are connected by and; as, ``the tediousness and process of my travel,'' that is, the tedious process, etc.; ``thy fair and outward character,'' that is, thy outwardly fair character, --Schmidt's Shak. Lex. [1913 Webster]

2. In order to; -- used instead of the infinitival to, especially after try, come, go. [1913 Webster]

At least to try and teach the erring soul. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. It is sometimes, in old songs, a mere expletive. [1913 Webster]

When that I was and a little tiny boy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. If; though. See {An}, conj. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

As they will set an house on fire, and it were but to roast their eggs. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

{And so forth}, and others; and the rest; and similar things; and other things or ingredients. The abbreviation, etc. (et cetera), or &c., is usually read and so forth. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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