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Princeton's WordNet

  1. time being, nonce(noun)

    the present occasion

    "for the nonce"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nonce(noun)

    the one or single occasion; the present call or purpose; -- chiefly used in the phrase for the nonce

  2. Origin: [For the nonce, OE. for the nones, a corruption of for then ones, where n. in then is a relic of AS. m in am, dat. of the article and demonstrative pronoun, E. the. See For, Once, and The.]


  1. Nonce

    In the United Kingdom, nonce is a slang word for a sex offender or child sexual abuser. Although the term traditionally referred specifically to sex offenders, it later become a more general term of abuse approximately synonymous with "idiot". Nonce also means "now" in ordinary English and has other meanings in the terms "nonce word" and "cryptographic nonce".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nonce

    nons, n. (only in phrase 'for the nonce') the present time, occasion.—Nonce-word, a word specially coined, like Carlyle's gigmanity. [The substantive has arisen by mistake from 'for the nones,' originally for then ones, meaning simply 'for the once.']

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nonce in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nonce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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