hence

[hens]
adverb
1.
as an inference from this fact; for this reason; therefore: The eggs were very fresh and hence satisfactory.
2.
from this time; from now: They will leave a month hence.
3.
from this source or origin.
4.
Archaic.
a.
from this place; from here; away: The inn is but a quarter mile hence.
b.
from this world or from the living: After a long, hard life they were taken hence.
c.
henceforth; from this time on.
interjection
5.
Obsolete. depart (usually used imperatively).

Origin:
1225–75; Middle English hens, hennes, equivalent to henne (Old English heonan) + -es -s1

hence, hither, thence, thither, whence, whither, yon (see usage note at whence).
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To hence
Collins
World English Dictionary
hence (hɛns)
 
sentence connector
1.  for this reason; following from this; therefore
 
adv
2.  from this time: a year hence
3.  archaic
 a.  from here or from this world; away
 b.  from this origin or source
 
interj
4.  archaic begone! away!
 
[Old English hionane; related to Old High German hinana away from here, Old Irish cen on this side]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

hence
c.1275, hennes, from O.E. heonan "away, hence" + adverbial gen. -s, from W.Gmc. *khin- (cf. O.S. hinan, O.H.G. hinnan, Ger. hinnen); related to O.E. her "here." The modern spelling is phonetic, to retain the breathy -s-. Original sense is "away from here;" of time, from c.1380; meaning "from this (fact
or circumstance)" first recorded 1586.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
They did not use their radios and hence were undetected.
Following the impact, both balls have velocity and hence momentum.
It has no internal grain boundaries, and hence it looks transparent.
They almost always have a faster f-stop and, hence, will do better in low light.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;