DIMENSIONS: MEASURE / Proportion
May apply to what is freshly made and unused or has not been known before or not experienced before
R E F E R E N C E S
1 New adj [ME, fr. OE niwe, akin to OHG niuwi new, L novus, Gk neos] [Bef. 12c] 1: having existed or having been made but a short time: Recent, Modern 2a : having been seen, used, or known for a short time: Novel [rice was a __ crop for the area] : Unfamiliar [visit __ places] b: being other than the former or old [a steady flow of __ money] 3: having been in a relationship or condition but a short time [__ to the job] 4a: beginning as the resumption or repetition of a previous act or thing [a __ day] [the __ edition] b: made or become fresh [awoke a __ person] 5: different from one of the same category that has existed previously [__ realism] 6: of dissimilar origin and usu. of superior quality [introducing __ blood] 7 cap: Modern 3; esp: having been in use after medieval times -newish adj -newness n
-syn. New, Novel, Original, Fresh mean having recently come into existence or use. New may apply to what is freshly made and unused [new brick] or has not been known before [new designs] or not experienced before [starts the new job]. Novel applies to what is not only new but strange or unprecedented [a novel approach to the problem]. Original applies to what is the first of its kind to exist [a man without one original idea]. Fresh applies to what has not lost its qualities of newness such as liveliness, energy, brightness [fresh towels] [a fresh start].
2 New adv [bef 12c]: Newly, Recently -usu. used in combination
[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]
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