Definition of thence in English:


(also from thence)


  • 1From a place or source previously mentioned.

    ‘they intended to cycle on into France and thence home via Belgium’
    • ‘But their successful escape from Afghanistan, via Tehran and Rome and thence to Rabat, raises a simple question: how many more of them got away, and where are they now?’
    • ‘He passed that way a second time two days later, on his way back southward to Fort Lyon and thence to Denver, where he received a hero's welcome.’
    • ‘The vibrations of the strings are converted into electrical impulses by transducers consisting of built-in electromagnetic pickups; the impulses are passed via a cable to an external amplifier, and thence to a loudspeaker.’
    • ‘Japanese civilians, left to fend for themselves in Rangoon, evacuated as best they could and made their way via the Three Pagodas Pass into Kanchanaburi and thence to Bangkok.’
    • ‘The horse escaped from its stable during the night into the field and thence onto the railway line via a defective fence.’
    • ‘A fast train to London and thence to Luton - a journey of about 230 miles- would be the quickest way.’
    • ‘Here retired US diplomat Ellsworth Bunker drew up a plan to transfer the administrative authority for West Papua from the Netherlands to a neutral administrator, and thence to Indonesia.’
    • ‘However, what I am finding great, is sitting here typing this in front of the fire, connected wirelessly to my desktop, and thence onto the information superhighway.’
    • ‘By careful observation of the flow of blood in vessels and by dissection, Harvey correctly established that the blood circulates from the heart to the tissues via the arteries and thence back to the heart via the veins and through the lungs.’
    • ‘Soon I leave for the airport, and thence to Amsterdam; and, if the airline functions more efficiently this time than it did on the way here, thence to Chicago in very short order.’
    • ‘The project will nurture the emerging economies of the Hunan and Guangxi provinces by improving shipping channels to the Yangtze and Pearl Rivers and thence to the sea.’
    • ‘Its origin is unknown, but it was introduced to Tahiti from France, via England, and thence to San Francisco.’
    • ‘The extra fretting I did has paid off in terms of convenience: I got my father to digitise the three interview tapes, then transferred the CDs to my computer and thence to my iPod.’
    • ‘We went to the garden centre to order the materials for the new pergola and from thence to the supermarket where I did a most unsatisfactory shop, ending with a bill that seems to be almost twice what it should be.’
    • ‘Sucrose is not digested in the mouth or stomach but passes directly to the lower intestines and thence to the bloodstream and the brain.’
    • ‘Tomorrow lunchtime, we fly to Bangkok, and thence to Phuket, where a week's stay at the Banyan Tree spa resort awaits us.’
    1. 1.1 As a consequence.
      ‘studying maps to assess past latitudes and thence an indication of climate’
      • ‘It wasn't long before they, together with editor, JF Archibald, saw the commercial value in pitting their literary skills against each other in order to provoke reader reaction and thence sales of the paper.’
      • ‘There was then a re-birth of investigative journalism which immediately received widespread support, thence advertising revenue.’
      • ‘He won the national Hansell's Sculpture Award in 1975 and thence established himself as among the leading artists of his generation.’
      therefore, for that reason, consequently, so, as a result, as a consequence, in consequence, hence, thus, then, that being so, that being the case, on that account
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The use of thence is similar to whence in that thence and from thence are both used to mean ‘from a place or source previously mentioned’. See also whence


Middle English thennes, from earlier thenne (from Old English thanon, of West Germanic origin) + -s (later respelled -ce to denote the unvoiced sound).