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nap Tweet Definition of nap Like Definition of nap on Facebook
  1. A short period of sleep, especially one during the day time.
verb (nap, p, ed)
  1. To have a nap; to sleep for a short period of time, especially during the day time
nastic Tweet Definition of nastic Like Definition of nastic on Facebook
  1. Relates to the movement of a plant in response to a stimulus, regardless of its direction, such as the opening of a flower in response to light or temperature, or the wilting of mimosa on being touched.
natant Tweet Definition of natant Like Definition of natant on Facebook
  1. floating or swimming (in water)
natural Tweet Definition of natural Like Definition of natural on Facebook
  1. (music) A note that is not or is no longer to be modified by an accidental, denoted by the symbol â® following the name of the note.
  2. One with an inherited talent at something.
He's a on the saxophone.
  1. (colour) an almost white colour, with tints of grey, yellow or brown.
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  1. Of or relating to nature.
  2. Without artificial additives.
  3. As expected.
It's natural for business to be slow on Tuesdays.
  1. (color) Almost white, with tints of grey, yellow or brown; also, the color of a material that has not been adjusted or added to.
  2. (music) Neither sharp or flat. Denoted â®.
  3. Without, or prior to, modification or adjustment.
So-called second-generation w:Breast implant, silicone breast implants looked and felt more like the breast.
nectar Tweet Definition of nectar Like Definition of nectar on Facebook
  1. (botany) The sweet liquid secreted by flowers to attract pollinating insects and birds.
  2. (mythology) The drink of the gods.
  3. (context, by extension) A delicious drink.
  4. A fruit juice based drink, made from fruit juice, water and sweetener.
needle Tweet Definition of needle Like Definition of needle on Facebook
  1. A long, thin, sharp implement usually for piercing such as sewing, or knitting, acupuncture, tattooing, body piercing, medical injections etc.
The seamstress threaded the to sew on a button.
  1. A long, thin device for indicating measurements on a dial or graph, e.g. a compass needle.
The on the fuel gauge pointed to empty.
  1. A sensor for playing phonograph records, a phonograph stylus.
Ziggy bought some diamond needles for his hi-fi phonograph.
  1. The long, pointed leaves of some conifers.
I boiled some of the needles from the Christmas tree to add a pleasing scent to the air.
  1. A weapon used in ancient China, and today by Shaolin monks.
verb (needl, ing)
  1. (transitive) To tease; to poke fun at.
    Billy needled his sister incessantly about her pimples.
nerve Tweet Definition of nerve Like Definition of nerve on Facebook
  1. A bundle of neurons with their connective tissue sheaths, blood vessels, and lymphatics.
  2. (context, nonstandard, colloquial) A neuron.
  3. courage, Courage.
  4. patience, Patience.
  5. stamina, Stamina.
  6. audacity, Audacity.
He had the nerve to enter my house uninvited.
  1. (in plural) agitation, Agitation caused by fear, stress, or other negative emotion.
verb (nerv, es)
  1. To give courage, sometimes with "up".
May their example us to face the enemy.
The liquor nerved up several of the men.
neuter Tweet Definition of neuter Like Definition of neuter on Facebook
  1. A person who takes no part in a contest; one who is either indifferent to a cause or forbears to interfere; a neutral.
    • Young " The world"s no ; it will wound or save
      1. (grammar) A noun of the neuter gender; any one of those words which have the terminations usually found in neuter words.
      2. (grammar) An intransitive verb.
      3. (biology) An organism, either vegetable or animal, which at its maturity has no generative organs, or but imperfectly developed ones, as a plant without stamens or pistils, as the garden Hydrangea; especially, one of the imperfectly developed females of certain social insects, as of the ant and the common honeybee, which perform the labors of the community, and are called workers.
  1. To remove sex organs from an animal to prevent it from having offspring; to castrate or spay, particularly as applied to domestic animals.
  1. (archaic) Neither the one thing nor the other; on neither side; impartial; neutral.
    • South " In all our undertakings God will be either our friend or our enemy; for Providence never stands
      1. (grammar) Having a form belonging more especially to words which are not appellations of males or females; expressing or designating that which is of neither sex
      a noun; a termination; the gender
      1. (grammar) intransitive, Intransitive
      a verb
      1. (biology) Having no generative organs, or imperfectly developed ones; sexless.
nocturnal Tweet Definition of nocturnal Like Definition of nocturnal on Facebook
adjective (no comparative or superlative forms)
  1. Primarily active during the night.
nod Tweet Definition of nod Like Definition of nod on Facebook
  1. an instance of moving one's head as described above
verb (nod, d, ing)
  1. Incline the head up and down, to indicate agreement.
  2. To gradually fall asleep.
nodule Tweet Definition of nodule Like Definition of nodule on Facebook
  1. A rounded mass or irregular shape; a little knot or lump.
nut Tweet Definition of nut Like Definition of nut on Facebook
  1. A hard-shelled seed.
  2. A fastener: a piece of metal, usually square or hexagonal in shape, with a hole through it having machined internal threads, intended to be screwed onto a bolt or other threaded shaft.
  3. (informal) An insane person.
  4. (slang) The head.
  5. (context, vulgarity, slang, rarely used in the singular) A testicle.
  6. (context, US, slang) The amount of money necessary to set up some venture; set-up costs.
    • 1971: My attorney was waiting in a bar around the corner. "This won't make the ," he said, "unless we have unlimited credit." " Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Harper Perennial 2005, p. 11)
      1. (musical instruments) On string instruments such as guitars and violins, the small piece at the peghead end of the fingerboard that holds the strings at the proper spacing and, in most cases, the proper height.
verb (nut, t, ed)
  1. (context, transitive, slang) To hit deliberately with the head; to headbutt.
  2. (context, intransitive, slang) To ejaculate (semen).
nutant Tweet Definition of nutant Like Definition of nutant on Facebook
  1. (context, of bodily organs and flowers) Nodding, drooping
nutation Tweet Definition of nutation Like Definition of nutation on Facebook
  1. (physics) a bobbing motion that accompanies the precession of a spinning rigid body
  2. (astronomy) any of several irregularities in the presession of the equinoxes caused by varying torque applied to the Earth by the Sun and the Moon

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