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Meaning of THAN

Pronunciation:  dhan

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Than\ ([th][a^]n), conj. [OE. than, thon, then, thanne,
    thonne, thenne, than, then, AS. [eth]anne, [eth]onne,
    [eth][ae]nne; akin to D. dan, OHG. danne, G. dann then, denn
    than, for, Goth. [thorn]an then, and to E. the, there, that.
    See {That}, and cf. {Then}.]
    A particle expressing comparison, used after certain
    adjectives and adverbs which express comparison or diversity,
    as more, better, other, otherwise, and the like. It is
    usually followed by the object compared in the nominative
    case. Sometimes, however, the object compared is placed in
    the objective case, and than is then considered by some
    grammarians as a preposition. Sometimes the object is
    expressed in a sentence, usually introduced by that; as, I
    would rather suffer than that you should want.
    
          Behold, a greater than Solomon is here.  --Matt. xii.
                                                   42.
    
          Which when Beelzebub perceived, than whom, Satan
          except, none higher sat.                 --Milton.
    
          It's wiser being good than bad; It's safer being meek
          than fierce; It's fitter being sane than mad. --R.
                                                   Browning.
    
    
  2. \Than\, adv.
    Then. See {Then}. [Obs.] --Gower.
    
          Thanne longen folk to gon on pilgrimages. --Chaucer.
    
    
 

 

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