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nativism Tweet Definition of nativism Like Definition of nativism on Facebook
noun 
  1. (context, mostly, US) a policy of favoring native-born inhabitants over immigrants
  2. the policy of perpetuating the culture of the natives of a colonised country
  3. (philosophy) the doctrine that some skills or abilities are innate and not learned
     
neologism Tweet Definition of neologism Like Definition of neologism on Facebook
noun 
  1. A word or phrase which has recently been coined; a new word or phrase.
  2. (uncountable) The act or instance of coining, or uttering a new word.
  3. The newly coined, meaningless words or phrases of someone with a Psychosis, usually Schizophrenia.
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node Tweet Definition of node Like Definition of node on Facebook
noun (plural nodes)
  1. A knot, a knob; a protuberance; a swelling.
  2. (Astronomy) The point where the orbit of a planet, as viewed from the sun, intersects the ecliptic. The ascending and descending nodes refer respetively to the points where the planet moves from S to N and N to S. The respective symbols are â and â.
  3. The joint of a stem, or the part where a leaf or several leaves are inserted.
  4. A hole in the gnomon of a dial, through which passes the ray of light which marks the hour of the day, the parallels of the sun's declination, his place in the ecliptic, etc.
  5. (geometry) The point at which a curve crosses itself, being a double point of the curve. See Crunode, and Acnode.
  6. The point at which the lines of a funicular machine meet from different angular directions; -- called also knot.
  7. The knot, intrigue, or plot of a piece.
  8. A hard concretion or incrustation which forms upon bones attacked with rheumatism, gout, or syphilis; sometimes also, a swelling in the neighborhood of a joint.
  9. One of the fixed points of a sonorous string, when it vibrates by aliquot parts, and produces the harmonic tones; nodal line or point.
  10. A swelling.
  11. (graphtheory) A vertex of a graph.
  12. (computing_theory) (context, computer networking) A vertex or a leaf in a graph of a network; a computer or other device attached to a network
     
nonce word Tweet Definition of nonce word Like Definition of nonce word on Facebook
noun 
  1. A word invented for the occasion.
     
nonstandard Tweet Definition of nonstandard Like Definition of nonstandard on Facebook
adjective 
  1. Not standard.
  2. (linguistics) Not conforming to the language used by the educated sections of a society.
     
NU Tweet Definition of NU Like Definition of NU on Facebook
abbreviation 
  1. Nunavut (Canadian territory)
  2. Nuoro (Italian city in Sardegna)
     
nun Tweet Definition of nun Like Definition of nun on Facebook
noun 
  1. A member of a Christian religious community of women who live by certain vows and usually wear a habit.
     

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