now·​ness ˈnau̇-nəs How to pronounce nowness (audio)
: the quality or state of existing or occurring in or belonging to the present time

Examples of nowness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The spontaneity of the Barcelona stunt — its nowness — challenges anyone who would deny that these Covid-apocalypse days are the new glory days. Armond White, National Review, 3 May 2023 Occupying the space formerly known as Mission Chinese and outfitted by Camilla Deterre of Primo’s and Mimi’s fame, Casino wields its nowness with abandon. Sean Santiago, ELLE Decor, 3 Feb. 2023 What adds newness, nowness, and freshness are ingenious details, novel styling permutations, and innovative fabrics. Lisa Armstrong, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 Sep. 2017 This eclipse is happening along your axis of nowness, and you’re being asked to return to the innocent potency of lighting the match without having to envision the entirety of the territory. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, 19 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1674, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nowness was in 1674

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Cite this Entry

“Nowness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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