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nautilus Tweet Definition of nautilus Like Definition of nautilus on Facebook
noun (plural:nautiluses or nautili)
  1. A marine mollusc, of the family Argonautidae native to the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean, which has tentacles and a spiral shell with a series of air-filled chambers.
naval mine Tweet Definition of naval mine Like Definition of naval mine on Facebook
noun
  1. An explosive device placed in the water and intended to destroy or deter vessels. (See mine.)
    The ship hit a mine and sank with all hands.
navy Tweet Definition of navy Like Definition of navy on Facebook
noun (nav, ies)
  1. a country's entire sea force, including ships and personnel.
  2. a governmental department in charge of a country's sea force.
  3. (color) a dark blue color, colour, usually called navy blue
<table><tr><td>navy colour: &nbsp;</td><td bgcolor="
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adjective
  1. belonging to the navy.
  2. (colour) having a dark blue colour.
NC Tweet Definition of NC Like Definition of NC on Facebook
abbreviation
  1. North Carolina, a state of the United States of America.
  2. (comptheory) Nick's Class, the complexity class of decision problems solvable in polylogarithmic time using a polynomial number of processors
  3. Nolo contendre, no contest, a plea in criminal cases.
  4. no, No change.
  5. no, No charge.
  6. (linguistics) noun class.
neutralize Tweet Definition of neutralize Like Definition of neutralize on Facebook
verb (neutraliz, ing)
  1. To make inactive or ineffective.
    The antidote neutralized the toxin.
Nike Tweet Definition of Nike Like Definition of Nike on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Greek goddess of victory and triumph; Athena's companion
no-fly zone Tweet Definition of no-fly zone Like Definition of no-fly zone on Facebook
noun
  1. an airspace in which aircraft, especially military aircraft, are forbidden to fly
no man's land Tweet Definition of no man Like Definition of no man
nounno man's, "s land
  1. A place where no one can or should be.
    • 2006, March 25, Melissa Hoyos, ""No man"s land" has no fire protection", Tri City Herald
      There"s a 137-square-mile chunk of Franklin County ... referred to as "no man"s land" because it isn"t protected by any of the county"s four fire districts.
    • 1867: T W Robertson, Caste
      Now, George, if you"re going to consider this question from the point of view of poetry, you"re off to No Man"s Land, where I won"t follow you.
      1. (tennis) The area between the backcourt and the space close to the net, from which it is difficult to return the ball.
      2. (context, politics, geography) Territory, often disputed, that cannot be inhabited because of fear of conflict, especially:
      3. (context, politics, geography) Tracts of uninhabited territory close to the Iron Curtain.
      4. (context, politics, geography) The stretch of land between the border posts of two contiguous sovereign states, sometimes separated by great distance.
      5. (context, politics, geography) Land not claimed by any recognized sovereign state; terra nullius.
noncom Tweet Definition of noncom Like Definition of noncom on Facebook
noun (Plural:noncoms)
  1. Shortened term for a non-commissioned officer, such as a sergeant (army) or petty officer (navy).
nuclear weapon Tweet Definition of nuclear weapon Like Definition of nuclear weapon on Facebook
noun
  1. A weapon that derives its energy from the nuclear reactions of either fission or fusion

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