Editors: Sarah Michelson and Samuael Topiary
definitions from the Random House Webster’s College Dictionary, c. 1992, 1991 by Random House, Inc.
now(nou) adv. 1. at the present time or moment. 2. without further delay; immediately: Do it now or not at all. 3. at the time being referred to: The case was now ready for the jury. 4. in the very recent past: I saw them just now. 5. in these times; nowadays. 6. under the present circumstances: I saw now what you meant. 7. (used to introduce a statement or question): Now stop that!—conj. 9. inasmuch as; since (often fol. By that): Now that you’re here, stay for dinner. –n. 10. the present time or moment. –adj. 11. current; very fashionable: the now look. –Idiom.12. now and again, occasionally. Also, now and then. [bef. 900; ME, OE, c. ON, Go nu; akin to G nun, L num, Gk nu, nun, Skt nu]
NOW (nou) 1. National Organization for Women. 2. negotiable order of withdrawl.
modern adj. 1. of, or pertaining to present and recent time. 2.characteristic of present and recent time; contemporary. 3. of, or pertaining to the historical period following the Middle Ages. 4. of or pertaining to , or characteristic of contemporary styles of art, literature, music, etc., that reject traditionally accepted or sanctioned forms and emphasize individual experimentation and sensibility. 5. (cap.) NEW (def. 12). –n.6. a person of modern times. 7. a person whose views and tastes are modern. 8. Print. a type style differentiated from old style by heavy vertical strokes and straight serifs
contemporary adj., n., pl. –rar*ies—adj. 1. existing, occurring, or living at the same time; belonging to the same period of time 2. of the present time; modern. 3. of about the same age or date: a Georgian table with a contemporary wig stand.—n. 4. a person or thing belonging to the same time or period with another. 5. a person of the same age as another.