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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ In "The Young Slave" the jealous stepmother turns the main character into a slave, hence the story's title.
▪ High interest rates lead to the following problems: They may discourage investment plans and hence long-term growth.
▪ In his benevolent aspect he is the source of rain and hence petitioned to alleviate drought, and also to prevent meningitis.
▪ Let us, in our imagination, look back from five years hence.
▪ Many left no records, hence the difficulty of assessing the importance of charity locally or nationally.
▪ Naturally that had merely increased Blythe's curiosity, for the public, hence journalists, loved skeletons in cupboards.
▪ These are protein molecules, which owe their specificity to their amino acid sequence, and hence ultimately to the genes.
▪ Where rainfall is adequate soil is frequently bad: hence the rain-soaked, acid fields in parts of Galicia.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hence \Hence\ (h[e^]ns), adv. [OE. hennes, hens (the s is prop. a genitive ending; cf. -wards), also hen, henne, hennen, heonnen, heonene, AS. heonan, heonon, heona, hine; akin to OHG. hinn[=a]n, G. hinnen, OHG. hina, G. hin; all from the root of E. he. See He.]

  1. From this place; away. ``Or that we hence wend.''

    Arise, let us go hence.
    --John xiv. 31.

    I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.
    --Acts xxii. 21.

  2. From this time; in the future; as, a week hence. ``Half an hour hence.''

  3. From this reason; therefore; -- as an inference or deduction.

    Hence, perhaps, it is, that Solomon calls the fear of the Lord the beginning of wisdom.

  4. From this source or origin.

    All other faces borrowed hence Their light and grace.

    Whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts?
    --James. iv. 1.

    Note: Hence is used, elliptically and imperatively, for go hence; depart hence; away; be gone. ``Hence with your little ones.''
    --Shak. -- From hence, though a pleonasm, is fully authorized by the usage of good writers.

    An ancient author prophesied from hence.

    Expelled from hence into a world Of woe and sorrow.


Hence \Hence\, v. t. To send away. [Obs.]
--Sir P. Sidney.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 13c., hennes, from Old English heonan "away, hence," from West Germanic *hin- (see Old Saxon hinan, Old High German hinnan, German hinnen); related to Old English her "here" (see here). With adverbial genitive -s. The modern spelling (mid-15c.) is phonetic, to retain the breathy -s- (see twice, pence). Original sense is "away from here;" of time, from late 14c.; meaning "from this (fact or circumstance)" first recorded 1580s. Wyclif (1382) uses hennys & þennys for "from here and there, on both sides."


adv. 1 (context archaic English) from here, from this place, away 2 (context archaic figuratively English) from the living or from this world 3 (context archaic of a length of time English) in the future from now 4 (context conjunctive English) as a result; therefore, for this reason 5 (context temporal location English) from this time, from now vb. (context obsolete English) To send away.

  1. adv. (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result; "therefore X must be true"; "the eggs were fresh and hence satisfactory"; "we were young and thence optimistic"; "it is late and thus we must go"; "the witness is biased and so cannot be trusted" [syn: therefore, thence, thus]

  2. from this place; "get thee hence!"

  3. from this time; "a year hence it will be forgotten"

Usage examples of "hence".

Hence the sulphuretted hydrogen must be boiled off and the iron removed as basic ferric acetate by the method described on p.

The only difference is the acknowledgment which a man ought to make, that he does good and thinks truth not of himself but from the Lord, and hence that the good he does and the truth he thinks are not his.

And why should this power of acquiring languages be greater at two years than at twenty, but that for many generations we have learnt to speak at about this age, and hence look to learn to do so again on reaching it, just as we looked to making eyes, when the time came at which we were accustomed to make them.

Hence each cell consists of an outer spherical portion and of two, three, or more perfectly flat surfaces, according as the cell adjoins two, three or more other cells.

Hence the praemotio physica of the Thomists, and the praevenient and adjuvant grace of the theologians, without which no one can begin the Christian life, and which must needs be supernatural when the end is supernatural.

You must decide if your remaining chance is worth denying yourself admittance to Joy Hall until after menopause, because every time you return there it shall be up to two months hence before you can possibly conceive.

Hence since it is seen in its proper species, and is adored in heaven, it is not seen under its proper species in this sacrament.

Hence the Mysteries with good reason adumbrate the immersion of the unpurified in filth, even in the Nether-World, since the unclean loves filth for its very filthiness, and swine foul of body find their joy in foulness.

Hence, the palpitation of the heart, dyspepsia or acute attacks of indigestion, with colicky pains and heaviness after meals, with eructations or belchings of gas, or local discomfort and unnatural action affecting, at different times, almost every organ of the body.

It uses albumin as a cement to build up bone structure and it is concerned with the formation of teeth, hence its value to children.

Hence Bud, at the summons of the alcalde, had stepped forward promptly and confidently.

Hence, none of the Ampersand group who arrived at the submarine school in the second week of January needed any introduction to flippers, masks, wet suits, dry suits, or underwater breathing apparatus.

I have been dutifull, and you so loving and kinde as to save me from the jaws of death, help me now to protect my honour, convey me hence, let me not live here to please his appetite, but cast me to some unknown place, where like an Anchoret I may live from all the World, and never more to see the face of Man, for in that name all horrour strikes my Senses, and makes my Soul like to some furious thing, so affrighted it hath been.

I had no care upon my mind, for my small fortune, along with the rent of my field, was more than sufficient for my maintenance in the almost anchoretic seclusion in which I intended to live, and hence I had every advantage for the more definite projection and prosecution of a work which had been gradually shaping itself in my mind for months past.

Hence, while he has endeavored truly to depict--or to let those who made history at the time help him to depict--the enormity of the offence of the armed Rebellion and of the heresies and plottings of certain Southern leaders precipitating it, yet not one word will be found, herein, condemnatory of those who, with manly candor, soldierly courage, and true patriotism, acknowledged that error when the ultimate arbitrament of the sword had decided against them.