Since

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Since From a definite past time until now; as, he went a month ago, and I have not seen him since . "We since become the slaves to one man's lust."
    • prep Since From the time of; in or during the time subsequent to; subsequently to; after; -- usually with a past event or time for the object. "The Lord hath blessed thee, since my coming.""I have a model by which he build a nobler poem than any extant since the ancients."
    • Since In the time past, counting backward from the present; before this or now; ago. "How many ages since has Virgil writ?""About two years since , it so fell out, that he was brought to a great lady's house."
    • conj Since Seeing that; because; considering; -- formerly followed by that. "Since that my penitence comes after all,
      Imploring pardon."
      "Since truth and constancy are vain, Since neither love, nor sense of pain,
      Nor force of reason, can persuade,
      Then let example be obeyed."
    • Since When or that. "Do you remember since we lay all night in the windmill in St. George's field?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Over 250 million Slinky toys have been sold since its debut in 1946
    • since After that; from then till now; from a specified time in the past onward; continually afterward; in or during some part of a time between a specified past time and the present; in the interval that has followed a certain event or time; subsequently.
    • since Before now; ago: with an adverbial phrase specifying the amount of time separating the event or time in question from the present: as, many years since; not long since.
    • since Ever from the time of; throughout all the time following; continuously after and from; at some or any time during the period following; subsequently to.
    • since From the time when; in or during the time after.
    • since When: after verbs noting knowledge or recollection.
    • since As a sequel or consequence of the fact that; inasmuch as; because.
    • since Synonyms Because, Since, As, Inasmuch as, For. Because (originally by cause) is strong and the most direct. Since, starting from the idea of mere sequence in time, is naturally less emphatic as to causation: its clause more often precedes the main proposition. As is still weaker, and, like since, generally brings in the reason before the main proposition: as or since the mountain will not come to Mohammed, Mohammed must go to the mountain. Inasmuch as is the most formal and emphatic, being used only to mark the express reason or condition. For follows the main proposition, and generally introduces that which is really continuative of the main proposition and of equal or nearly equal importance, the idea of giving a reason being subordinate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There have been 191 coops in Bolivia since it became a sovereign country in 1825
    • adv Since sins from the time that: past: ago
    • prep Since after: from the time of
    • conj Since seeing that: because: considering
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Quotations

  • Andy Warhol
    Andy%20Warhol
    “Since people are going to be living longer and getting older, they'll just have to learn how to be babies longer.”
  • Spanish Proverb
    Spanish Proverb
    “Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get.”
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert%20Einstein
    “We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    Thomas%20Kempis
    “Be not angry that you cannot make another what you wish them to be; since you cannot make yourself what you wish to be.”
  • Lillian Hellman
    Lillian Hellman
    “Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?”
  • Philip Dormer Stanhope
    Philip Dormer Stanhope
    “I am sure that since I have had the full use of my reason, nobody has heard me laugh.”

Idioms

Best thing since sliced bread - If something is the best thing since sliced bread, it is excellent. ('The greatest thing since sliced bread' is also used.)
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Since time immemorial - If something has happened since time immemorial, it's been going on for such a long time that nobody can remember a time without it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For sins, contr. fr. OE. sithens, sithenes, formed by an adverbial ending (cf. Besides) from OE. sithen, also shortened into sithe, sin, AS. siððan, syððan, seoððan, afterward, then, since, after; properly, after that; fr. sīð, after, later, adv. and prep. (originally a comparative adv., akin to OS. sīð, afterward, since, OHG. sīd, G. seit, since, Goth. seiþus, late, ni þanaseiþs, no longer) + ðon, instrumental of the demonstrative and article. See That

Usage

In literature:

Be it so, since they will have it.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
No other ministers have been named since my last.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
It has been five years since I took it and have had no return of that trouble since.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Taught English at Harvard, 1892-3; at Chicago, since 1893; professor since 1909.
"Contemporary American Literature" by John Matthews Manly and Edith Rickert
But of Mr. Kennedy he had heard nothing directly since he had left London.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
You don't know how I have struggled, Fay, day and night since I came to Rome.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
Colleoni had been engaged continually since his earliest boyhood in the trade of war.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
I tellin you, I ain' had no sense since I lost my people.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
He returned to London a week since on Saturday; he has since kindly chosen and sent me a parcel of books.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
In her mind he was a fixture of the fort which years since had been given her father's name.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
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In poetry:

My soul ask what thou wilt,
Thou canst not be too bold;
Since his own blood for thee he spilt,
What else can he withhold.
"Ask What I Shall Give Thee (III)" by John Newton
"Deep in the darkness there, didst think on me?
High in the heavens, have ye been true?
Since I was young, and since you called me fair,
I never loved a man but you.
"Stronger Than Death" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
"Ever since I've been thinking how vexed she will be,
Ever since I've done nothing but grieve.
If a thousand young ladies a-walking I see,
I will never another deceive."
"The First Of April" by Charles Lamb
Since I have given thee all my very heart,
Since I have staked so deep and dangerously
All that I have of hope till breath depart
And flung my little kingdom on tie die;
"Song" by Frederic Herbert Trench
"'And since my choice, and reason both approve,
Since I have known you many a circling year,
And time has well assur'd me of your love,
Tell me, my Henry, what have I to fear?
"The Daughter" by Matilda Betham
Yet, since these eyes of mine have never wandered,
Still may they gleam with long forgotten light.
Since in no wanton way my youth was squandered,
Some sense of youth still clings to me to-night.
"Song Of Jasoda" by Laurence Hope

In news:

White has won the ESPY 's fan-voted award six times since 2003, including every year since 2008.
Washington is.500 or better for the first time since 2008, positioning itself for first playoff berth since 2007.
It's the fourth experimental flush since 1996, and the first since Salazar in May decreed them routine in a 10-year protocol that, weather permitting, could mean mini-floods every year.
It's his first Gold Glove since 2009 and first since winning three straight Gold Gloves from 2007-09.
It has been exactly a month since Rene Bourque's cheap shot elbow to Nicklas Backstrom's jaw knocked the Washington Capitals' leading scorer out that night and kept him out ever since.
"I've been waiting here since (Wednesday), since 10," said Armando Alvarez, who was near the front of the line outside Best Buy.
Stocks have had a nice rally since the start of the summer, recently hitting their highest levels since December 2007.
Since marketing became paramount in medicine, or put another way, since Dr Kildare gave way to P.T.
Director of Advertising Brian Roy, a graduate of Mississippi State University, has been with The EAGLE since 2004 and in his current position since 2007.
Flyers goalie Michael Leighton continues to make progress since undergoing back surgery on Oct 11, and Saturday he will be on the ice for the first time since the operation.
Since 1929, Hahn has the distinction of being one of only three librarians since the library has had its own location.
Since the two teams have played annually since 1930, Navy leads the series 56-49-7.
Saturday's matchup between Texas Tech and Oklahoma marks the Red Raiders' first sellout since 2010, and the university's first advance sellout since 2008.
Crawford has been the acting director of photography at The Times since 2001 and an NPPA member since December, 1983.
Jockey Tyler Baze, sidelined since August 2011 due to substance abuse problems , earned his first stakes victory since returning to action a week ago, guiding Lucky Primo in the California Cup Classic Oct 13 at Santa Anita.
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In science:

This function is indeed a distance since it is symmetrical, satisfies separation (∆(T , T ′) = 0 if and only if T = T ′ by Proposition 3.2) and the triangular inequality (since | · | does).
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
The relation S is total (since ≤ is total) and transitive (since ≤ is transitive): it is a total preorder.
Distance Semantics for Belief Revision
Since the walk has non-zero transition amplitude only between nearest neighbors, the first time at 6= 0 is for t = n and since the walk is 2-periodic at = 0 whenever t and n have different parity.
Quantum Random Walks Hit Exponentially Faster
Since two unitaries u and v with ku − vk < 2 are homotopic, and since Bn is separable, for each m there are only countably many homotopy classes [u] of unitaries u ∈ Mm (Bn ).
A simple separable C*-algebra not isomorphic to its opposite algebra
We note that since the external perturber has central symmetry, and since Nθ is an even number, the simulations can be run either on a full or half grid.
On the Spiral Structure of NGC 2915 and Dark Matter
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