1 A particle which expresses the relation of connection or addition. It is used to conjoin a word with a word, a clause with a clause, or a sentence with a sentence.
2 In order to; — used instead of the infinitival to, especially after try, come, go. At least to try and teach the erring soul. Milton.
3 It is sometimes, in old songs, a mere expletive. When that I was and a little tiny boy. Shak.
4 If; though. See An, conj. [Obs.] Chaucer. As they will set an house on fire, and it were but to roast their eggs. Bacon. And so forth, and others; and the rest; and similar things; and other things or ingredients. The abbreviation, etc. (et cetera), or &c., is usually read and so forth.