• "The two were soon locked in fight."
    "The two were soon locked in fight."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv soon in the near future "the doctor will soon be here","the book will appear shortly","she will arrive presently","we should have news before long"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

We soon were awakened by the hissing of an enormous serpent We soon were awakened by the hissing of an enormous serpent
Beth was soon able to lie on the study sofa all day Beth was soon able to lie on the study sofa all day

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, received an alarming number of threatening letters, soon after her husband became President at the height of the Depression, the Secret Service insisted that she carry a pistol in her purse
    • Soon In a short time; shortly after any time specified or supposed; as, soon after sunrise. "Sooner said than done.""As soon as it might be.""She finished, and the subtle fiend his lore Soon learned."
    • Soon Promptly; quickly; easily. "Small lights are soon blown out, huge fires abide."
    • Soon Readily; willingly; -- in this sense used with would, or some other word expressing will. "I would as soon see a river winding through woods or in meadows, as when it is tossed up in so many whimsical figures at Versailles."
    • a Soon Speedy; quick.
    • Soon Without the usual delay; before any time supposed; early. "How is it that ye are come so soon to-day?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Chocolate Timeline:1824: John Cadbury, an English Quaker, begins roasting and grinding chocolate beans to sell in his tea and coffee shop. In 1842 Cadbury's Chocolate Company in England creates the first chocolate bar. 1875: A Swiss chocolate maker, Daniel Peter, mixes Henri Nestle's condensed milk with chocolate and the two men found a company to manufacture the first milk chocolate. 1894: Milton Hershey adds a line of chocolate to his caramel manufacturing business. Soon he invents the Hershey Bar by experimenting with milk chocolate. Hershey's Cocoa appears next. 1896: Leonard Hershfield invents the Tootsie Roll, named after his daughter. 1897: Brownies are first mentioned in print, listed for sale in the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogue. 1940: The Mars company invents M&M's for soldiers going to World War II.
    • soon At once; forthwith; immediately.
    • soon In a short time; at an early date or an early moment; before long; shortly; presently: as, winter will soon be here; I hope to see you soon.
    • soon Early; before the time specified is much advanced: when the time, event, or the like has but just arrived: as, soon in the morning; soon at night (that is, early in the evening, or as soon as night sets in); soon at five o′ clock (that is, as soon as the hour of five arrives): an old locution still in use in the southern United States.
    • soon Early; before the usual, proper, set, or expected time.
    • soon Quickly; speedily; easily.
    • soon Readily; willingly; gladly: in this sense generally accompanied by would or some other word expressing will, and often in the comparative sooner, ‘rather.’
    • soon Synonyms and
    • soon Betimes, etc. (see early), promptly, quickly.
    • soon Lief.
    • soon Early; speedy; quick.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Coffee as a medicine reached its highest and lowest point in the 1600's in England. Wild medical contraptions to administer a mixture of coffee and an assortment of heated butter, honey, and oil, became treatments for the sick. Soon tea replaced coffee as the national beverage.
    • adv Soon sōōn immediately or in a short time: without delay: early: readily, willingly
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  • Raymond Hull
    Raymond Hull
    “He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “As soon as there is life there is danger.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Eaten bread is soon forgotten.”
  • John Donne
    “Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.”


A fool and his money are soon parted - This idiom means that people who aren't careful with their money spend it quickly. 'A fool and his money are easily parted' is an alternative form of the idiom.
Short horse soon curried - A convenient and superficial explanation that is normally unconvincing is a short horse soon curried.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sone, AS. sōna,; cf. OFries. sōn, OS. sāna, sāno, OHG. sār, Goth. suns,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sóna; Goth. suns.


In literature:

To my great joy he soon recovered.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Telling his dame to keep up her spirits, and that he should soon be back, he led the way to the pier.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
The poem soon became famous, and a great many imitations of it were written.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
We soon had Paul safe.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston
What Harry had said might soon be realised.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
And just as soon as I pack the horses we'll be ready to start.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
I was afraid he would soon see more of them than he could manage.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic
For some neglect or other, he soon again lost his place.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
I soon saw, however, that Wilfred did not regard it as fun.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
I means to go at 'em the night, soon's I've finished my trick at the wheel, the which 'll soon be on.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

The man said to his friend:
-Soon I'll visit you
and will take my wife with me.
"Society" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
His night, flowing out from him,
Into which very soon there would
Surge forth
The stars.
"Night" by Marin Sorescu
Darkness hides no dearer head:
Why should darkness end
Day so soon, O dear and dead
"A Dead Friend" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
There's enough, dear children,
To do all about,
And if you will try, you will
Soon find it out.
"Industry in Children. Proverb 22:6" by Frank Barbour Coffin
And human hearts with longing love were dumb,
That soon should cease to beat,
Thrilled with the hope of meetings soon to come,
And lost in memories sweet.
"A Tryst" by Celia Laighton Thaxter
IF I had loved you, soon, ah, soon I had lost you.
Had I been kind you had kissed me and gone your faithless way.
The kiss that I would not give is the kiss that your lips are holding:
Now you are mine forever, because of all I have cost you.
"Bound" by Aline Murray Kilmer

In news:

But the error message people get if they don't time it right and bag an item too soon makes it frustrating.
Horse Creek Wind Farm developer might upsize project, begin state siting process as soon as next spring.
ING says in talks to repay Dutch aid as soon as possible.
State Forecast Council either has hired or will hire a new director just as soon as it can have a public meeting.
Former Eagles center could be signed as soon as today.
Team vice president Stephen Jones said the team could sign a free agent center as soon as today.
Casino M8trix could open as soon as next week.
Michael Gspurning could return as soon as Sunday.
Report Storm Damage to the Insurance Company as Soon as Possible.
Why Can't Americans Watch British TV Shows as Soon as They Air.
Unload Your iPad 2 As Soon As Possible.
Vikings/Minneapolis Stadium Bill Coming As Soon As Tomorrow.
Walgreens sends a shopper a coupon as soon as she checks in.
Mike Stoops could rejoin OU ' as soon as today'.
20/59 work in Bessemer wrapping up soon.

In science:

Soon after, relativistic quantum mechanics and quantum field theory are proposed by P.A.M.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
These two approaches was soon shown to be equivalent.
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
There are no other explicit exact radiative solutions describing finite sources available at present and this situation will probably not change soon.
Radiative spacetimes
Depending on whether a CB’s cooling soon after ttrans is dominated by TB, or by adiabatic losses, the X-ray fluence is ∝ t−5 or ∝ t−4 , the first behaviour being expected for our typical CB parameters.
Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
Thus, the proof is finished as soon as (6.12) is proved.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers