for the nonce
Nonce Nonce (n[o^]ns), n. [For the nonce, OE. for the nones, a corruption of for then ones, where n. in then is a relic of AS. m in [eth]am, dat. of the article and demonstrative pronoun, E. the. See {For}, {Once}, and {The}.] The one or single occasion; the present call or purpose; -- chiefly used in the phrase

{for the nonce}, i. e. for the present time. [1913 Webster]

The miller was a stout carl for the nones. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

And that he calls for drink, I 'll have prepared him A chalice for the nonce. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Nonce word}, ``a word apparently employed only for the nonce''. --Murray (New English Dict.). [1913 Webster]


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  • for the nonce — FOR THE TIME BEING, temporarily, pro tem, for now, for the moment, for the interim, for a while, for the present, in the meantime; provisionally. → nonce * * * adverb 1. dial chiefly Eng : for the particular or express purpose had an anger fit… …   Useful english dictionary

  • for the nonce — ► for the nonce for the present; temporarily. Main Entry: ↑nonce …   English terms dictionary

  • for the nonce — for the nonce, I ll be the acting chairman Syn: for the time being, temporarily, pro tem, for now, for the moment, for the interim, for a while, for the present, in the meantime; provisionally …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • for\ the\ nonce — • for the time being • for the nonce literary adv. phr. For now; for a while; temporarily. I haven t any note paper, but this envelope will do for the time being. She hasn t found an apartment yet; she s staying with her aunt for the time being …   Словарь американских идиом

  • for the nonce — adverb For the time being, with the expectation that the situation may change. That will do for the nonce, but well need a better answer for the long term …   Wiktionary

  • for the nonce — for the present; temporarily. → nonce …   English new terms dictionary

  • for the nonce — For the occasion, for the present time, for the present purpose, for the time being, temporarily …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • for the nonce — See: FOR THE TIME BEING …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • for the nonce — See: FOR THE TIME BEING …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • for the time being — also {literary}[for the nonce] {adv. phr.} For now; for a while; temporarily. * /I haven t any note paper, but this envelope will do for the time being./ * /She hasn t found an apartment yet; she s staying with her aunt for the time being./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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