Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. For this reason; therefore: handmade and hence expensive.
  • adv. From this source: They grew up in the Sudan; hence their interest in Nubian art.
  • adv. From this time; from now: A year hence it will be forgotten.
  • adv. From this place; away from here: Get you hence!
  • adv. From this life.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. from here, from this place, away
  • adv. in the future from now
  • adv. as a result; therefore, for this reason
  • adv. from this time, from now
  • v. To send away.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. From this place; away.
  • adv. From this time; in the future.
  • adv. From this reason; therefore; -- as an inference or deduction.
  • adv. From this source or origin.
  • transitive v. To send away.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • From this place; from or away from here.
  • From this time; in the future.
  • For this cause or reason; as a consequence of, or an inference or a deduction from, something just stated.
  • From this source or original.
  • To send away; despatch.
  • To go hence; go away: depart.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. from this place
  • adv. from this time
  • adv. (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result

Etymologies

Middle English hennes, from here : henne (from Old English heonan) + -es, adv. suff..
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A later Middle English spelling, retaining the breathy -s, of hennes, (henne + adverbial genitive ending -s), from Old English heonan ("away", "hence"), from a West Germanic root *khin- (compare Old Saxon hinan, Old High German hinnan, German hinnen, Dutch heen, Swedish hän); related to Old English her ("here"). (Wiktionary)

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  • I couldn't sleep at all last night hence I am going to go to the bed when I get home.

    January 22, 2013