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Definition of NOTHING

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Nothing \Noth"ing\, adv.
     In no degree; not at all; in no wise.
     [1913 Webster]

           Adam, with such counsel nothing swayed.  --Milton. [1913 Webster]

           The influence of reason in producing our passions is nothing near so extensive as is commonly believed.
                                                    --Burke. [1913 Webster]

     {Nothing off} (Naut.), an order to the steersman to keep the vessel close to the wind. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Nothing \Noth"ing\, n. [From no, a. + thing.]
     1. Not anything; no thing (in the widest sense of the word thing); -- opposed to {anything} and {something}. [1913 Webster]

              Yet had his aspect nothing of severe. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. Nonexistence; nonentity; absence of being; nihility; nothingness. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. A thing of no account, value, or note; something irrelevant and impertinent; something of comparative unimportance; utter insignificance; a trifle. [1913 Webster]

              Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought.
                                                    --Is. xli. 24. [1913 Webster]

              'T is nothing, says the fool; but, says the friend, This nothing, sir, will bring you to your end.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Arith.) A cipher; naught.
        [1913 Webster]

     {Nothing but}, only; no more than. --Chaucer.

     {To make nothing of}.
        (a) To make no difficulty of; to consider as trifling or important. "We are industrious to preserve our bodies from slavery, but we make nothing of suffering our souls to be slaves to our lusts." --Ray. (b) Not to understand; as, I could make nothing of what he said. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

86 Moby Thesaurus words for "nothing":
     a little thing, a nobody, a nothing, aught, bagatelle, blank, cipher, clean slate, common man, dud, dummy, empty space, figurehead, good-for-nothing, goose egg, hardly anything, hollow man, inanity, inessential, insignificancy, jackstraw, lay figure, lightweight, little fellow, little guy, man of straw, marginal matter, matter of indifference, mediocrity, mere nothing, minor matter, nada, naught, nebbish, nichts, nihil, nihility, nil, nix, no great matter, no such thing, no-account, no-good, nobody, nobody one knows, nonentity, nothing at all, nothing in particular, nothing on earth, nothing to signify, nothing whatever, nothingness, nought, nullity, obscurity, ought, paltry affair, peanuts, peu de chose, pip-squeak, punk, puppet, pushover, rien du tout, runt, scarcely anything, scrub, shrimp, small fry, small potato, small potatoes, squirt, squit, tabula rasa, technicality, thing of naught, trifle, unworthy, vacuum, valueless, void, whiffet, whippersnapper, wind, zero, zilch


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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