from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The present or particular occasion: "Her tendency to discover a touch of sadness had for the nonce disappeared” ( Theodore Dreiser).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sex offender, especially of children; a paedophile.
- n. A stupid or worthless person.
- n. A datum constructed so as to be unique to a particular message in a stream, in order to prevent replay attacks.
- n. In a security engineering context, a value used only once.
- n. The one or single occasion; the present reason or purpose (now only in for the nonce).
- n. A nonce word.
- n. A number, usually generated randomly or from the time, used once in a cryptographic protocol, to prevent replay attacks.
- adj. denoting something occurring once.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The one or single occasion; the present call or purpose; -- chiefly used in the phrase for the nonce, i. e. for the present time.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A word of no independent status, used only in the following phrases.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the present occasion
From Middle English for the nones, for the occasion, alteration of for then anes : for, for; see for + then : neuter dative sing. of the; see the1 + ones, anes, once; see once.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown – UK criminal slang. Possibly originally from dialectical nonce, nonse ("stupid, worthless individual"), or Nance, nance ("effeminate man"), from Nancy boy. (Wiktionary)
Contraction of number used once (Wiktionary)
From a misdivision in Middle English of þan anes ("the one (occasion, instance)"). (Wiktionary)