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and / and/ • conj. 1. used to connect words of the same part of speech, clauses, or sentences that are to be taken jointly: bread and butter red and black tiles. ∎  used to connect two clauses when the second happens after the first: she washed and dried her hair. ∎  used to connect two clauses, the second of which results from the first: do that once more, and I'll skin you alive. ∎  connecting two identical comparatives, to emphasize a progressive change: getting better and better. ∎  connecting two identical words, implying great duration or great extent: I cried and cried. ∎  used to connect two identical words to indicate that things of the same name or class have different qualities: all human conduct is determined or caused—but there are causes and causes. ∎  used to connect two numbers to indicate that they are being added together: six and four make ten. ∎ archaic used to connect two numbers, implying succession: a line of men marching two and two. 2. used to introduce an additional comment or interjection: they believe they are descended from him, and quite right, too. ∎  used to introduce a question in connection with what someone else has just said: “I found the letter in her bag.” “And did you steam it open?” ∎  (esp. in broadcasting) used to introduce a statement about a new topic: and now to the dessert. 3. inf. used after some verbs and before another verb to indicate intention, instead of “to”: I would try and do what he said. See usage below. • n. (usu. AND) Logic Electr. a Boolean operator that gives the value one if and only if all the operands are one and otherwise has a value of zero. ∎  (also AND gate) a circuit that produces an output signal only when signals are received simultaneously through all input connections. PHRASES: and/or either or both of two stated possibilities: audio and/or video.

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andand, band, bland, brand, expand, firsthand, gland, grand, hand, land, manned, misunderstand, offhand, rand, righthand, Samarkand, sand, stand, strand, thirdhand, underhand, undermanned, understand, unplanned, untanned, withstand •graduand • hatband • armband •headband • neckband • sweatband •waistband • waveband • wristband •broadband • showband • noseband •saraband • backhand • chargehand •farmhand • deckhand • stagehand •freehand • millhand • behindhand •longhand •beforehand, forehand •shorthand • gangland • Lapland •flatland • no-man's-land • Saarland •farmland • grassland • marshland •fenland • wetland • Sudetenland •wasteland • dreamland • peatland •Matabeleland • Ngamiland •fairyland • Dixieland • Swaziland •Thailand • Rhineland • swampland •washland • homeland • Heligoland •Basutoland •clubland, scrubland •timberland • borderland •wonderland • Nagaland • Helgoland •Bechuanaland, Gondwanaland •Mashonaland • Damaraland •Nyasaland • platteland • hinterland •fatherland • motherland •Namaqualand • Öland • allemande •confirmand • ordinand • Ferdinand •Talleyrand • firebrand • Krugerrand •honorand • Witwatersrand •greensand • quicksand • analysand •Streisand • ampersand •bandstand, grandstand, handstand •hatstand • kickstand • inkstand •washstand • hallstand • news-stand

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and OE. and, ond, corr. to OS. endi, OHG. anti, inti, etc. (G. und). A special development of meaning is that of ‘if’ (OE.). Now usu. sp. an, an' in this sense (cf. AN2); formerly often coupled with if.

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