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  1. A particle expressing comparison, used after certain adjectives and adverbs which express comparison or diversity, as more, better, other, otherwise, and the like. It is usually followed by the object compared in the nominative case. Sometimes, however, the object compared is placed in the objective case, and than is then considered by some grammarians as a preposition. Sometimes the object is expressed in a sentence, usually introduced by that; as, I would rather suffer than that you should want. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A particle used before the second member of a comparison. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. A word placed after the comparative of an adjective or adverb between the things compared. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. Expressing comparison with greater or less. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. When, as, or if compared with: used to express comparison. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. Denoting comparison, and generally placed after a comparative adjective or adverb. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. Then. See Then. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A joining particle used after the comparative degree, and followed by the object compared; also used after such words as other, otherwise. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. than, conj. when, as, if compared with--a word placed after the comparative of an adjective or adverb between the things compared. [A.S. thonne, in its use a relative or conjunctive adverb, equivalent to our when, used after comparatives to introduce the standard of comparison; closely allied to thone, accus. masc. of def. art. Cf. The.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  10. (& quasi-prep.) introducing second member of comparison, as you are taller t. he (is), (colloq.) taller t. him, I know you better t. he (does), better t. (I know) him, it is better to use hot water t. cold, do anything rather t. let him get off, would do anything rather t. that he should get off, a man t. whom no one is better able to judge. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  11. conj. [Anglo-Saxon, German] A particle expressing comparison, used after certain adjectives and adverbs which express comparison or diversity. It is usually followed by the object compared in the nominative case. Sometimes, however, the object compared is placed in the objective case, and than may then be considered as a preposition. Cabinet Dictionary

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