General English


  • acronym forNetwork of Workstations
    (written as NOW)
  • A network of clustered systems interconnected via high-speed channels, and which are utilized for parallel computing. Its acronym is NOW.

Origin & History of “now”

Now is the English member of a wide-spread family of words denoting ‘present time’ that are traceable back to Indo-European *nu- or *- (a relative of the ancestor of new). Others include Greek nun, Latin nunc, Sanskrit , Czech nyní, and, among the Germanic languages, German nun and Dutch, Swedish, and Danish nu. (French maintenant ‘now’, incidentally, originally meant literally ‘holding in the hand’, and developed its present sense via ‘at hand’ and ‘soon’.).