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noun
  1. An elementary sound which is uttered through the nose, or through both the nose and the mouth simultaneously.
  2. (medicine) (archaic) A medicine that operates through the nose; an errhine.
  3. (phonetics) A nasal vowel or consonant.
  4. (armour) Part of a helmet projecting to protect the nose; a nose guard.
    • 1909, Charles Henry Ashdown, European Arms & Armor, page 78,
    • :The continued in use until about 1140, when it was generally discarded, but isolated examples may be found in every succeeding century down to the seventeenth.
      1. (anatomy) One of the nasal bones.
      2. (zoology) A plate, or scale, on the nose of a fish, etc.
adjective
  1. (anatomy) Of or pertaining to the nose.
  2. (phonetics) Having a quality imparted by means of the nose; and specifically, made by lowering the soft palate, in some cases with closure of the oral passage, the voice thus issuing (wholly or partially) through the nose, as in the consonants m, n, ng; characterized by resonance in the nasal passage; as, a nasal vowel; a nasal utterance.
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noun
  1. A nonaligned state, or a member of such a state
  2. A person who takes no side in a dispute
  3. A neutral hue
  4. The position of a set of gears in which power cannot be transmitted to the drive mechanism
  5. An electrical terminal that is not electrified
adjective
  1. Not taking sides in a conflict such as war; nonaligned.
  2. Favouring neither the supporting nor opposing viewpoint of a topic of debate; unbiased.
  3. (grammar) Neither positive nor negative.
  4. Neither beneficial nor harmful.
  5. Having no sex; neuter.
  6. Having no obvious colour; gray
  1. (physics) Neither positive nor negative; possessing no charge or equivalent positive and negative charge such that there is no imbalance.
  2. (chemistry) Having a pH of 7, neither acidic nor alkaline.

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