Dictionary: NO-VAC'U-LITE – NOW-A-DAYS

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NO-VAC'U-LITE, n. [L. novacula, a razor.]

Razor-stone; Turkey-hone; coticular shirt; whet-slate, a variety of argillaceous slate. Brongniart. Ure.


In church history, one of the sect of Novatus or Novatianus, who held that the lapsed might not be received again into communion with the church, and that second marriages are unlawful.


The opinions of the Novatians. One Hypolitus, a Roman presbyter, had been seduced into Novatianism. Milner.



NOV'EL, a. [L. novellus, from novus, new; It. novella; Sp. novel.]

  1. New; of recent origin or introduction; not ancient; hence, unusual; as, a novel heresy; novel opinions. The proceedings of the court were novel.
  2. In the civil law, the novel constitutions are those which are supplemental to the code, and posterior in time to the other books. These contained new decrees of successive emperors.
  3. In the common law, the assize of novel disseizin is an action in which the demandant recites a complaint of the disseizin in terms of direct averment, whereupon the sherif is commanded to reseize the land and chattels thereon, and keep the same in custody till the arrival of the justices of assize. Blackstone.

NOV'EL, n.

  1. A new or supplemental constitution or decree. [See the adjective.]
  2. A fictitious tale or narrative in prose, intended to exhibit the operation of the passions, and particularly of love. The coxcomb's novel and the drunkard's toast. Prior.


Innovation. [Little used.] Dering.


  1. An innovator; an asserter of novelty. Bacon. White.
  2. A writer of a novel or of novels. Warton.
  3. A writer of news. [Not used.] Tatler.

NOV'EL-IZE, v.i.

To innovate. [Not in use.]


Studied an novels. Tucker.


Newness; recentness of origin or introduction. Hooker. Novelty is the great parent of pleasure. South.

NO-VEM'BER, n. [L. from novem, nine; the ninth month, according to the ancient Roman year, beginning in March.]

The eleventh month of the year.


Pertaining to the number nine.

NO'VEN-A-RY, n. [L. novenarius, from novem, nine.]

The number nine; nine collectively.

NO-VEN'NI-AL, a. [L. novem, nine, and annus, year.]

Done every ninth year. Potter.

NO-VER'CAL, a. [L. noverca, a step-mother.]

Pertaining to a step-mother; suitable to a step-mother; in the manner of a step-mother. Derham.

NOV'ICE, n. [Fr. from L. novitius, from novus, new.]

  1. One who is new in any business; one unacquainted or unskilled; one in the rudiments; a beginner. I am young, a novice in the trade. Dryden.
  2. One that has entered a religious house, but has not taken the vow; a probationer. Shak.
  3. One newly planted in the church, or one newly converted to the Christian faith. I Tim. iii.

NO-VI-LU'NAR, a. [L. novilunium.]

Pertaining to the new moon.

NO-VI'TIATE, n. [Fr. noviciat; It. noviziato. See Novice.]

  1. The state or time of learning rudiments.
  2. In religious houses, a year or other time of probation for the trial of a novice, to determine whether he has the necessary qualities for living up to the rule to which his vow is to bind him.

NO-VI'TIOUS, a. [L. novitius.]

Newly invented. [Not used.] Pearson.

NOV'I-TY, n. [L. novitas.]

Newness. [Not used.] Brown.

NOW, adv. [Sax. nu, D. Sw. Dan. and Goth. nu. The G. has nun, Gr. νυν, L. nunc.]

  1. At the present time. I have a patient now living at an advanced age, who discharged blood from his lungs thirty years ago. Arbuthnot.
  2. A little while ago; very lately. They that but now for honor and for plate, / Made the sea blush with blood, resign their hate. Waller.
  3. At one time; at another time. Now high, now low, now master tap, now miss. Pope.
  4. Now sometimes expresses or implies a connection between the subsequent and preceding proposition; often it introduces an inference or an explanation of what precedes. Not this man, but Barabbas; now Barabbas was a robber. John xviii. Then said Micah, now I know that the Lord will do me good, seeing I have a Levite for my priest. Judges xvii. The other great 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.
  5. After this; things being so. How shall any man distinguish now betwixt a parasite and a man of honor? L'Estrange.
  6. In supplication, it appears to be somewhat emphatical. I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart. 2 Kings xx.
  7. Now sometimes refers to a particular time past specified or understood, and may be defined, at that time. He was now sensible of his mistake. Now and then, at one time and another, indefinitely; occasionally; not often; at intervals. They now and then appear in offices of religion. Rogers. If there were any such thing as spontaneous generation, a new species would now and then appear. Anon. #2. Applied to places which appear at intervals or in succession. A mead here, there a heath, and now and then a wood. Drayton. Now, now, repeated, is used to excite attention to something immediately to happen.

NOW, n.

The present time or moment. Nothing is there to come, and nothing past, But an eternal now does ever last. Cowley. Now a days, adv. In this age. What men of spirit now a days, / Come to give sober judgment of new plays? Garrick. [This is a common colloquial phrase, but not elegant in writing, unless of the more familiar kinds.]

NOW-A-DAYS, adv.

A phrase which signifies in these times. [1841 Addenda only.]