Webster 1913 Edition
sins, contr. fr. OE.
sithenes, formed by an adverbial ending (cf.
Besides) from OE.
sithen, also shortened into
seoððan, afterward, then, since, after; properly, after that; fr.
sīðafter, later, adv. and prep. (originally a comparative adv., akin to OS.
sīðafterward, since, OHG.
seiþuslate, ni þana
seiþsno longer) +
ðoninstrumental of the demonstrative and article. See
From a definite past time until now;
as, he went a month ago, and I have not seen him.
sincebecome the slaves to one man’s lust.
In the time past, counting backward from the present; before this or now; ago.
How many ages
sincehas Virgil writ?
About two years
since, it so fell out, that he was brought to a great lady's house.
Sir P. Sidney.
When or that.
Do you remember
sincewe lay all night in the windmill in St. George's field?
From the time of; in or during the time subsequent to; subsequently to; after; – usually with a past event or time for the object.
The Lord hath blessed thee,
Gen. xxx. 30.
I have a model by which he build a nobler poem than any extant
Seeing that; because; considering; – formerly followed by that.
Sincethat my penitence comes after all,
Sincetruth and constancy are vain,
Sinceneither love, nor sense of pain,
Nor force of reason, can persuade,
Then let example be obeyed.
Syn. – Because; for; as; inasmuch as; considering. See
Webster 1828 Edition
SINCE,prep or adv.
1.After; from the time that. The proper signification of since is after, and its appropriate sense includes the whole period between an event and the present time. I have not seen my brother since January. The Lord hath blessed thee, since my coming. Gen. 30. Holy prophets, who have been since the world began. Luke l. John 9. Since then denotes, during the whole time after an event; or at any particular time during that period.
2.Ago; past; before this. 'About two years since, an event happened,' that is, two years having passed.
3.Because that; this being the fact that. Since truth and constancy are vain, since neither love nor sese of pain nor force of reason can persuade, then let example be obey'd. Since, when it precedes a noun, is called a preposition, but when it precedes sentence it is called an adverb. The truth is, the character of the word is the same in both cases. It is probably an obsolete participle, and according to the usual classification of words, may be properly ranked with the prepositions. In strictness, the last clause of the passage above cited is the case absolute. 'The Lord hath blessed the, since my coming,' that is, my arrival being past. So, since the world began, is strictly past the world began, the beginning of the world being past. In the first case, since considered as a preposition, has coming, a noun, for its object, and in the latter case, the clause of a sentence. So we say, against your arrival, or against you come.