Again is the most wonderous of all words. It can make even the tiniest of actions prominent, and can take the largest of events and make them beyond belief. Examples: I fell. I fell again. See? Watch again! You stole my tin foil and made little superman horns that you wore while shoving watermelon seeds in Billy's nose. You stole my tin foil and made little superman horns that you wore while shoving watermelon seeds in Billy's nose, again. See?

When I thy singing next shall hear,
I'll wish I might turn all to ear,
To drink in notes and numbers such
As blessed souls can't hear too much;
Then melted down, there let me lie
Entranc'd and lost confusedly,
And by thy music stricken mute,
Die and be turn'd into a lute.

--Robert Herrick

A*gain" [OE. agein, agayn, AS. ongegn, onge�xa0;n, against, again; on + ge�xa0;n, akin to Ger. gegewn against, Icel. gegn. Cf. Gainsay.]

1.

In return, back; as, bring us word again.

2.

Another time; once more; anew.

If a man die, shall he live again? Job xiv. 14.

3.

Once repeated; -- of quantity; as, as large again, half as much again.

4.

In any other place.

[Archaic]

Bacon.

5.

On the other hand.

"The one is my sovereign . . . the other again is my kinsman."

Shak.

6.

Moreover; besides; further.

Again, it is of great consequence to avoid, etc. Hersche.

Again and again, more than once; often; repeatedly. -- Now and again, now and then; occasionally. -- To and again, to and fro. [Obs.] De Foe.

⇒ Again was formerly used in many verbal combinations, as, again-witness, to witness against; again-ride, to ride against; again-come, to come against, to encounter; again-bring, to bring back, etc.

 

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A*gain" (#), A*gains" (#), prep.

Against; also, towards (in order to meet).

[Obs.]

Albeit that it is again his kind. Chaucer.

 

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