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Nat·ta (näʹtä), Giulio. 1903-1979. Italian chemist. He shared a 1963 Nobel Prize for research on polymers. * * *
/nat"euhr/, v.i. 1. to talk incessantly; chatter. n. 2. a conversation; chat. [1820-30; var. of earlier gnatter < ?] * * *
/nat"euhr jak'/, n. a European toad, Bufo calamita, that moves by running. [1760-70; orig. uncert.] * * *
Nattier, Jean-Marc
▪ French painter born March 17, 1685, Paris, Fr. died Nov. 7, 1766, Paris       French Rococo painter noted for his portraits of the ladies of King Louis XV's court in ...
See natty. * * *
See nattily. * * *
—nattily, adv. —nattiness, n. /nat"ee/, adj., nattier, nattiest. neatly or trimly smart in dress or appearance; spruce: a natty white uniform. [1775-85; perh. var. of NEAT1 + ...
Natufian [nə to͞o′fē ən] adj. 〚after Wady en- Natuf, valley in Palestine + -IAN〛 designating or of a Mesolithic culture of the Near East characterized by microliths, ...
Natufian culture
      Mesolithic culture of Palestine and southern Syria dating from about 9000 BC. Mainly hunters, the Natufians supplemented their diet by gathering wild grain; they ...
natura non facit saltum
/nah tooh"rddah nohn fah"kit sahl"toom/; Eng. /neuh toor"euh non fay"sit sal"teuhm, -tyoor"-/, Latin. nature makes no leap. * * *
—naturalness, n. /nach"euhr euhl, nach"reuhl/, adj. 1. existing in or formed by nature (opposed to artificial): a natural bridge. 2. based on the state of things in nature; ...
natural aids
Manège. aid (def. 6a). * * *
Natural Bridge
a natural limestone bridge in western Virginia. 215 ft. (66 m) high; 90 ft. (27 m) span. * * * or natural arch Naturally created arch formation resembling a bridge. Most are ...
Natural Bridges
a national monument in SE Utah containing three natural bridges. Largest, 222 ft. (68 m) high; 261 ft. (80 m) span. * * *
Natural Bridges National Monument
National monument, southeastern Utah, U.S. Comprising three large natural bridges carved by two winding streams, it was established in 1908. The largest bridge, Sipapu, is 222 ...
natural child
1. Law. a. an illegitimate child; one born of illicit intercourse. b. (esp. in Louisiana) an illegitimate child who has been lawfully acknowledged by its father. 2. See ...
natural childbirth
childbirth involving little or no use of drugs or anesthesia and usually involving a program in which the mother is psychologically and physically prepared for the birth process. ...
natural death
death that occurs from natural causes, as disease or old age, rather than from violence or an accident. [1570-80] * * *
natural fibre
▪ raw material Introduction  any hairlike raw material directly obtainable from an animal, vegetable, or mineral source and convertible into nonwoven fabrics such as felt or ...
Natural food colorants
▪ Table Natural food colorants chemical class colour plant source pigment products anthocyanins red strawberry (Fragaria species) pelargonidin 3-glucoside* beverages, ...
natural gas
a combustible mixture of gaseous hydrocarbons that accumulates in porous sedimentary rocks, esp. those yielding petroleum, consisting usually of over 80 percent methane together ...
natural gender
Gram. gender based on the sex or, for neuter, the lack of sex of the referent of a noun, as English girl (feminine) is referred to by the feminine pronoun she, boy (masculine) by ...
natural harmonics
Music. harmonics of a note produced on a stringed instrument by lightly touching an open or unstopped sounded string. Cf. artificial harmonics. * * *
Natural History Museum
a big museum in London, England, with displays about plants, animals, insects, fossils (= animals and plants preserved in rock) and minerals. The museum’s collections are so ...
natural immunity
immunity that is present without prior immunization. Also called native immunity. * * *
natural killer cell
Immunol. a small killer cell that destroys virus-infected cells or tumor cells without activation by an immune system cell or antibody. Cf. killer T cell. * * *
natural language
a language used as a native tongue by a group of speakers. [1875-80] * * *
natural law
a principle or body of laws considered as derived from nature, right reason, or religion and as ethically binding in human society. Cf. positive law. [1350-1400; ME] * * * In ...
natural levee
a deposit of sand or mud built up along, and sloping away from, either side of the flood plain of a river or stream. Also called levee. * * *
natural logarithm
Math. a logarithm having e as a base. Symbol: ln Also called Napierian logarithm. Cf. common logarithm. [1810-20] * * *
natural number
a positive integer or zero. [1755-65] * * *
natural parent.
See biological parent. * * *
natural person
Law. See under person (def. 11). * * *
natural philosophy
—natural philosopher. 1. See natural science. 2. See physical science. [1425-75; late ME] * * *
natural realism.
—natural realist. See naive realism. * * *
natural religion
religion based on principles derived solely from reason and the study of nature. Cf. revealed religion. [1665-75] * * *
natural resistance
Immunol. See natural immunity. * * *
natural resource
natural resource n. an actual or potential form of wealth supplied by nature, as coal, oil, water power, arable land, etc. * * *
natural resources
the natural wealth of a country, consisting of land, forests, mineral deposits, water, etc. [1865-70] * * *
natural resources law
Introduction       complex body of national and local laws, having both statutory and common-law (common law) components, that regulate the use and protection of natural ...
natural right
any right that exists by virtue of natural law. [1680-90] * * *
natural rubber
rubber1 (def. 1). * * *
natural science
a science or knowledge of objects or processes observable in nature, as biology or physics, as distinguished from the abstract or theoretical sciences, as mathematics or ...
natural selection
the process by which forms of life having traits that better enable them to adapt to specific environmental pressures, as predators, changes in climate, or competition for food ...
natural theology
—natural theologian. theology based on knowledge of the natural world and on human reason, apart from revelation. Cf. revealed theology. [1670-80] * * *
natural varnish.
See under varnish (def. 2). * * *
natural virtue
(esp. among the scholastics) any moral virtue of which humankind is capable, esp. the cardinal virtues: justice, temperance, prudence, and fortitude. Cf. theological virtue. * * *
/nach"euhr euhl bawrn", nach"reuhl-/, adj. 1. native-born. 2. by virtue of one's nature, qualities, or innate talent: a natural-born musician. [1575-85] * * *
natural childbirth n. A method of childbirth in which medical intervention is minimized and the mother often practices relaxation and breathing techniques to control pain and ...
natural food n. Food that does not contain any additives, such as preservatives or artificial coloring. * * *
natural gas n. Abbr. NG A mixture of hydrocarbon gases that occurs with petroleum deposits, principally methane together with varying quantities of ethane, propane, butane, and ...
naturalhat trick
natural hat trick n. Sports A hat trick in which three goals are scored in succession by one player in one game. * * *
natural history n. 1. The study and description of organisms and natural objects, especially their origins, evolution, and interrelationships. 2. a. A collection of facts about ...
/nach"euhr euh liz'euhm, nach"reuh-/, n. 1. Literature. a. a manner or technique of treating subject matter that presents, through volume of detail, a deterministic view of human ...
/nach"euhr euh list, nach"reuh-/, n. 1. a person who studies or is an expert in natural history, esp. a zoologist or botanist. 2. an adherent of naturalism in literature or ...
—naturalistically, adv. /nach'euhr euh lis"tik, nach'reuh-/, adj. 1. imitating nature or the usual natural surroundings. 2. pertaining to naturalists or natural history. 3. ...
naturalistic fallacy
Fallacy of treating the term "good" (or any equivalent term) as if it were the name of a natural property. In 1903 G.E. Moore presented in Principia Ethica his "open-question ...
See naturalistic. * * *
See naturalize. * * *
See naturalizable. * * * Process of granting nationality or citizenship to an alien. It may be granted after voluntary application or through legislation, marriage to a ...
—naturalization, n. —naturalizer, n. /nach"euhr euh luyz', nach"reuh-/, v., naturalized, naturalizing. v.t. 1. to confer upon (an alien) the rights and privileges of a ...
naturalkiller cell
natural killer cell n. A lymphocyte that is activated by double-stranded RNA or lymphokines and fights off viral infections and tumors without evident antigenic specificity. * * *
natural language n. A human written or spoken language as opposed to a computer language. * * *
natural law n. A law or body of laws that derives from nature and is believed to be binding upon human actions apart from or in conjunction with laws established by human ...
natural logarithm n. Symbol ln A logarithm in which the base is the irrational number e (= 2.71828...). For example, ln 10 = loge10 = approximately 2.30258. Also called ...
/nach"euhr euh lee, -euhl lee, nach"reuh lee, -reuhl lee/, adv. 1. in a natural or normal manner. 2. by nature; innately or inherently. 3. of course; as would be expected; ...
See natural. * * *
natural number n. One of the set of positive whole numbers; a positive integer. * * *
See natural philosophy. * * *
natural philosophy n. The study of nature and the physical universe before the advent of modern science.   natural philosopher n. * * *
natural resource n. A material source of wealth, such as timber, fresh water, or a mineral deposit, that occurs in a natural state and has economic value. * * *
natural science n. A science, such as biology, chemistry, or physics, that deals with the objects, phenomena, or laws of nature and the physical world.   natural scientist n. * ...
See natural science. * * *
natural selection n. The process in nature by which, according to Darwin's theory of evolution, only the organisms best adapted to their environment tend to survive and transmit ...
natural theology n. A theology holding that knowledge of God may be acquired by human reason alone without the aid of revealed knowledge. * * *
natural virtue n. Cardinal virtue. * * *
—naturelike, adj. /nay"cheuhr/, n. 1. the material world, esp. as surrounding humankind and existing independently of human activities. 2. the natural world as it exists ...
Nature Conservancy
Nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental conservation and the preservation of biodiversity, founded in 1951, that operates the largest private system of nature ...
nature preserves
➡ nature reserves * * *
nature reserve
▪ ecology       area set aside for the purpose of preserving certain animals, plants, or both. A nature reserve differs from a national park (q.v.) usually in being ...
nature reserves
Nature conservation areas are areas of the countryside which have special protection under law because they have interesting or unusual wild plants or animals in them.   In ...
nature study
the study of plants and animals, esp. by amateurs. [1895-1900] * * *
nature trail
a path through a forest, wildlife preserve, or the like, esp. one designed to provide opportunities for observing and learning about the flora and fauna. [1925-30] * * *
nature trails
➡ parks * * *
nature walk
1. a walk on a nature trail, esp. with an experienced guide. 2. See nature trail. [1930-35] * * *
nature worship
—nature worshiper. 1. a system of religion based on the deification and worship of natural forces and phenomena. 2. love of nature. [1865-70] * * * ▪ ...
nature's call.
See call of nature. * * *
nature, law of
▪ logic       in logic, a stated regularity in the relations or order of phenomena in the world that holds, under a stipulated set of conditions, either universally or ...
nature, philosophy of
Introduction       the discipline that investigates substantive issues regarding the actual features of nature as a reality. The discussion here is divided into two ...
na·tured (nāʹchərd) adj. Having a nature or temperament of a specified kind. Often used in combination: mean-natured; sweet-natured. * * *
nature trail n. A trail, as through woods or by a seashore, usually with natural features labeled especially for study. * * *
naturism [nā′chər iz΄əm] n. NUDISM naturist n. * * * na·tur·ism (nāʹchə-rĭz'əm) n. Nudism.   naʹtur·ist n. * * *
—naturism, n. /nay"cheuhr ist/, n. 1. a person who appreciates the beauty and benefits of nature. 2. a nudist. [1675-85; NATURE + -IST] * * *
naturopath [nā′chər ə path΄] n. a person who practices naturopathy * * * See naturopathy. * * *
See naturopath. * * *
—naturopath /nay"cheuhr euh path', nach"euhr-/, n. —naturopathic, adj. /nay'cheuh rop"euh thee, nach'euh-/, n. a system or method of treating disease that employs no surgery ...
one of the main clearing banks in Britain. Since 2000 it has been part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. * * *
Natwick, Mildred
▪ 1995       U.S. actress (b. June 19, 1905, Baltimore, Md.—d. Oct. 25, 1994, New York, N.Y.), specialized in portraying mischievous spinsters and likable eccentric ...
▪ Indian drama treatise in full  Bhārata Nāṭya-śāstra,         detailed treatise and handbook on dramatic art that deals with all aspects of the classical ...
Boat. Oldest form *neə₂u-, colored to *naə₂u-, contracted to *nau- (before consonants) and *nāw- (before vowels). 1. nacelle, naval, nave1, navicular, navigate, navy, from ...
▪ ancient Greek naval officer       in ancient Greece, an admiral or supreme commander of the navy, used as an official title primarily in Sparta in the late 5th and ...
/naw"kreuh tis/, n. an ancient Greek city in N Egypt, on the Nile delta. Greek, Naukratis. * * * Ancient Greek settlement, in Egypt's Nile River delta. It was founded in the ...
Naudé, Gabriel
▪ French librarian born Feb. 2, 1600, Paris, Fr. died July 30, 1653, Abbeville       French physician and librarian, considered the first important theoretician of ...
/naw"geuh huyd'/, Trademark. a brand of strong vinyl-coated fabric made to look like leather and used for upholstery, luggage, etc. * * *
n [U] a type of artificial leather used for covering furniture, etc. and for making gloves. It can be cleaned with soap and water. Some people think that Naugahyde products show ...
/naw"geuh tuk'/, n. a city in central Connecticut. 26,456. * * * ▪ town and borough, Connecticut, United States       town (township) and borough, New Haven county, ...
/nawt/, n. 1. nothing. 2. a cipher (0); zero. 3. come to naught, to come to nothing; be without result or fruition; fail. 4. set at naught, to regard or treat as of no ...
See naughty. * * *
See naughtily. * * *
Naughton, Bill
▪ British playwright in full  William John Francis Naughton  born June 12, 1910, Ballyhaunis, County Mayo, Ire. died Jan. 9, 1992, Ballasalla, Isle of ...
—naughtily, adv. —naughtiness, n. /naw"tee/, adj., naughtier, naughtiest. 1. disobedient; mischievous (used esp. in speaking to or about children): Weren't we naughty not to ...
Naujan Lake
▪ lake, Philippines       lake on the northeastern coastal plain of Mindoro, Philippines. It is the Philippines' fifth largest lake, with an area of 30 square miles (79 ...
▪ ancient Greek settlement, Egypt also spelled  Naucratis,         ancient Greek settlement in the Nile River delta, on the Canopic (western) branch of the river. An ...
/naw may"kee euh/, n., pl. naumachiae /-kee ee'/, naumachias. 1. a mock sea fight, given as a spectacle among the ancient Romans. 2. a place for presenting such ...
/naw"meuh kee/, n., pl. naumachies. naumachia. * * *
Nauman, Bruce
▪ American artist born Dec. 6, 1941, Fort Wayne, Ind., U.S.       American artist whose work in a broad range of mediums has made him a major figure in conceptual ...
Naumann, Friedrich
▪ German social and political theorist born March 25, 1860, Störmthal, Prussia [Germany] died August 24, 1919, Travemünde, Germany       political and social ...
/naw"meuh nuyt', now"-/, n. a mineral, silver-lead selenide, (Ag2Pb)Se, usually occurring in iron-black cubic crystals. [1840-50; after Karl F. Naumann, (1797-1873), German ...
▪ Germany   city, Saxony-Anhalt Land (state), east-central Germany. It lies along the Saale River, near the mouth of the Unstrut River, southwest of Halle. Founded by ...
▪ Greece Modern Greek  Návplion,         chief town of the nomós (department) of Argolís, in the Peloponnese, Greece, at the head of the Gulf of Argolis. The port, ...
See nauplius. * * *
—nauplial, naupliform, nauplioid, adj. /naw"plee euhs/, n., pl. nauplii /-plee uy'/. (in many crustaceans) a larval form with three pairs of appendages and a single median eye, ...
—Nauruan, n., adj. /nah ooh"rooh/, n. Republic of, an island republic in the Pacific, near the equator, W of the Gilbert Islands: administered by Australia before 1968. 8007; ...
Nauru, flag of
▪ Flag History       national flag consisting of a blue field with a single horizontal yellow stripe and a white star in the lower hoist corner. The flag's ...
See Nauru. * * * ➡ Nauru * * *
▪ prehistoric grave (from Greek  “ship”), Catalan Navetas,         prehistoric grave found in the Balearic (Balearic Islands) Isles. The naus was built of closely ...
/naw"zee euh, -zheuh, -see euh, -sheuh/, n. 1. sickness at the stomach, esp. when accompanied by a loathing for food and an involuntary impulse to vomit. 2. extreme disgust; ...
nausea anesthesia n. Loss of the sensation of nausea, usually resulting from stimulation by noxious or disgusting substances. * * *
/naw"zee euhnt, -zhee-, -see-, -shee-/, Med. adj. 1. producing nausea. n. 2. a nauseant agent. [1840-50; < L nauseant- (s. of nauseans) prp. of nauseare to be seasick. See ...
/naw"zee ayt', -zhee-, -see-, -shee-/, v., nauseated, nauseating. v.t. 1. to affect with nausea; sicken. 2. to cause to feel extreme disgust: His vicious behavior toward the dogs ...
—nauseatingly, adv. /naw"zee ay'ting, -zhee-, -see-, -shee-/, adj. 1. causing sickness of the stomach; nauseous. 2. such as to cause contempt, disgust, loathing, etc.: I had to ...
See nauseating. * * *
See nauseate. * * *
—nauseously, adv. —nauseousness, n. /naw"sheuhs, -zee euhs/, adj. 1. affected with nausea; nauseated: to feel nauseous. 2. causing nausea; sickening; nauseating. 3. ...
See nauseous. * * *
See nauseously. * * *
▪ people also called  Cape Indian        any member of an Algonquian-speaking Native North American tribe that occupied most of what is now Cape Cod, in ...
Naushad Ali
▪ 2007       Indian motion-picture composer and music director (b. Dec. 25, 1919, Lucknow, British India—d. May 5, 2006, Mumbai [Bombay], India), was credited with the ...
Nausicaä [nô sik′ā ə, nô sik′ē ə] n. in Homer's Odyssey, King Alcinoüs's daughter, who discovers, and secures safe passage for, the shipwrecked Odysseus * * ...
naut abbrev. nautical * * *
nautical. * * *
/nawch/, n. 1. (in India) an exhibition of dancing by professional dancing girls. 2. Also called nautch dance. a sinuous dance of the Orient, resembling the cooch. [1800-10; < ...
/naw"teez, noh"-/, n. (in the Aeneid) an aged Trojan and advisor to Aeneas. * * *
—nauticality /naw'ti kal"i tee, not'i-/, n. —nautically, adv. /naw"ti keuhl, not"i-/, adj. of or pertaining to sailors, ships, or navigation: nautical terms. [1545-55; < L ...
nautical archaeology.
See marine archaeology. * * *
nautical day
a period from noon of one day to noon of the next, used in reckoning time aboard ship. [1865-70] * * *
nautical mile
a unit of distance used chiefly in navigation, equal to 6080.20 feet (1853.25 meters) in the U.S., now replaced by the international nautical mile. Also called geographical mile, ...
See nautical. * * *
nautical mile n. Abbr. nm A unit of length used in sea and air navigation, based on the length of one minute of arc of a great circle, especially an international and U.S. unit ...
nautiloid [nôt′'l oid΄] n. 〚< ModL Nautiloidea: see NAUTILUS & -OID〛 any of a subclass (Nautiloidea) of cephalopods with chambered, coiled, or straight external shells: ...
/nawt"l euhs, not"-/, n., pl. nautiluses, nautili /nawt"l uy', not"-/ for 1, 2. 1. Also called chambered nautilus, pearly nautilus. any cephalopod of the genus Nautilus, having a ...
/naw"teuh fohn', not"euh-/, n. Naut. an electrically operated horn for giving fog warnings. [ < Gk nauto-, comb. form of naûs ship or naútes sailor + -PHONE] * * *
▪ Illinois, United States  city, Hancock county, western Illinois, U.S. It lies along the Mississippi River, about 30 miles (50 km) southwest of Burlington, Iowa. The area ...
net asset value. * * *
1. naval. 2. navigable. 3. navigation. * * *
Nav. Arch.
Naval Architect. * * *
Nav. E.
Naval Engineer. * * *
▪ India also spelled  Nabadwīp        city, southeastern West Bengal state, northeastern India, at the confluence of the Bhāgīrathi and Jalangi rivers. The ...
/nav"euh hoh', nah"veuh-/, n., pl. Navahos, Navahoes, (esp. collectively) Navaho, adj. Navajo. * * *
/nav"ayd'/, n. an electronic aid to navigation. [1955-60; NAV(IGATIONAL) + AID] * * *
/nav"euh hoh', nah"veuh-/, n., pl. Navajos, Navajoes, (esp. collectively) Navajo for 1, adj. n. 1. a member of the principal tribe of the southern division of the Athabaskan ...
Navajo language
      North American Indian language of the Athabascan family, spoken by the Navajo people of Arizona and New Mexico and closely related to Apache. Navajo is a tone ...
Navajo National Monument
National monument, northern Arizona, U.S. Covering 360 acres (146 hectares), it comprises three historic cliff dwellings: Betatakin (Navajo: "Ledge House"), Keet Seel ("Broken ...
Navajo weaving
Blankets and rugs made by the Navajo, considered among the best-made textiles produced by Native Americans of the U.S. By 1500 the Navajo were well established in what is now the ...
Navajo Mountain A peak, 3,168.3 m (10,388 ft) high, of southeast Utah on the Arizona border. * * *
—navally, adv. /nay"veuhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to warships: a naval battle; naval strength. 2. of or pertaining to ships of all kinds: naval architecture; naval ...
naval academy
a collegiate institution for training naval officers. [1805-15, Amer.] * * *
naval architecture
—naval architect. the science of designing ships and other waterborne craft. [1700-10] * * *
naval brass
an alloy of about 60 percent copper and 40 percent zinc, with traces of lead, tin, arsenic, and iron, used in marine and steam-generating equipment. [1880-85] * * *
naval mine
mine2 (def. 5). * * *
Naval Observatory
an astronomical observatory located in Washington, D.C., operated by the U.S. government, and responsible for the U.S. time service. * * *
naval ship
Introduction       the chief instrument by which a nation extends its military power onto the seas. Warships protect the movement over water of military forces to coastal ...
naval stores
1. supplies for warships. 2. various products of the pine tree, as resin, pitch, or turpentine, used in building and maintaining wooden ships. [1670-80] * * * ▪ resinous ...
naval warfare
Military operations conducted on, under, or over the sea and waged against other seagoing vessels or targets on land or in the air. The earliest naval attacks were raids by the ...
naval architect n. One who designs ships. * * *
naval stores pl.n. Products, such as turpentine or pitch, originally used to caulk the seams of wooden ships. * * *
▪ Ireland Irish  An Uaimh        urban district and county seat of County Meath, Ireland. It lies at the confluence of the Rivers Boyne and Blackwater. The Great ...
In Hinduism, a 9-day festival followed on the 10th day by the dasehra celebration. The festival includes feasting, visiting, public concerts, plays, and fairs. Among the goddess ...
navarin [nȧ vȧ ran′] n. 〚Fr〛 a French stew made with mutton or lamb and onions, turnips, potatoes, and herbs * * *
Navarin, Bay of
▪ bay, Greece Greek  Órmos Navarínou,         small, deep, and almost landlocked bay of the Ionian Sea in the nomós (department) of Messenia, in the southwestern ...
/nav'euh ree"noh/, n. a seaport in the SW Peloponnesus, in SW Greece: Turkish and Egyptian fleets defeated near here in a naval battle 1827. Greek, Pylos, Pilos. * * *
Navarino, Battle of
(Oct. 20, 1827) Naval engagement in the War of Greek Independence against Turkey. A fleet of British, French, and Russian ships was sent to aid Greece by intercepting supplies ...
I English Navarre Ancient kingdom, northern Spain, bordered by France, Aragon, Castile, and the Basque Country. It encompassed the modern autonomous community of Navarra and ...
—Navarrian, adj. /neuh vahr"/; Fr. /nann vannrdd"/, n. a former kingdom in SW France and N Spain. Spanish, Navarra /nah vahrdd"rddah/. * * * ▪ autonomous area, ...
Navarro, Fats
orig. Theodore Navarro born Sept. 24, 1923, Key West, Fla., U.S. died July 7, 1950, New York, N.Y. U.S. jazz trumpeter. Navarro replaced Dizzy Gillespie in the big band of ...
Navarro, Pedro, conde de Olivetto
▪ Spanish military engineer and general born c. 1460 died 1528       Spanish military engineer and general who fought for various countries and city-states in the late ...
Navas de Tolosa, Battle of Las
▪ Spanish history also called  Battle Of Al-ʿuqāb         (July 16, 1212), major battle of the Christian reconquest of Spain in which the Almohads (a Muslim ...
Nav·a·so·ta (năv'ə-sōʹtə) A river of east-central Texas flowing about 209 km (130 mi) southward to the Brazos River. * * *
Navassa Island
Navassa Island Introduction Navassa Island - Background: This uninhabited island was claimed by the US in 1857 for its guano, and mining took ...
Navāʾī, ʿAlī Shīr
▪ Turkish poet in full  Mir ʿAlī Shīr Navāʾī , Navāʾī also spelled  Nevāʾī  born 1441, Herāt, Timurid Afghanistan died Jan. 3, 1501, ...
/nayv/, n. the principal longitudinal area of a church, extending from the main entrance or narthex to the chancel, usually flanked by aisles of less height and breadth: ...
/nay"veuhl/, n. 1. umbilicus (def. 1). 2. the central point or middle of any thing or place. 3. Heraldry. nombril. [bef. 900; ME; OE nafela; c. D navel, G Nabel, ON nafli; akin ...
navel ill
Vet. Pathol. See joint ill. [1825-35] * * *
navel orange
a seedless variety of orange having at the apex a navellike formation containing a small secondary fruit. [1885-90] * * *
na·vel-gaz·ing (nāʹvəl-gā'zĭng) n. Slang Excessive introspection, self-absorption, or concentration on a single issue: “The optimistic trend masks a looming problem, ...
navel orange n. A sweet, usually seedless orange having at its apex a navellike formation enclosing an underdeveloped fruit. * * *
/nay"veuhl werrt', -wawrt'/, n. 1. a European plant, Umbilicus rupestris, of the stonecrop family, having fleshy, round leaves and yellowish-green flowers. 2. any of several low, ...
/na vet"/; Fr. /nann vet"/, n., pl. navettes /-vets"/; Fr. /-vet"/. Jewelry. a gem, usually not a diamond, cut as a marquise. [1905-10; < F: weaver's shuttle; lit., little ship. ...
/neuh vik"yeuh leuhr/, Anat. adj. 1. boat-shaped, as certain bones. n. 2. Also, naviculare /neuh vik'yeuh lair"ee, -lahr"ee/. 3. the bone at the radial end of the proximal row of ...
navig abbrev. navigation * * *
navigation. * * *
See navigable. * * *
—navigability, navigableness, n. —navigably, adv. /nav"i geuh beuhl/, adj. 1. deep and wide enough to provide passage to ships: a navigable channel. 2. capable of being ...
navigable semicircle
Naut. the less violent half of a cyclone; the half blowing in the direction opposite to that in which the cyclone is moving and in which a vessel can run before the wind. * * *
See navigability. * * *
See navigability. * * *
/nav"i gayt'/, v., navigated, navigating. v.t. 1. to move on, over, or through (water, air, or land) in a ship or aircraft: to navigate a river. 2. to direct or manage (a ship, ...
—navigational, adj. /nav'i gay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of navigating. 2. the art or science of plotting, ascertaining, or directing the course of a ship, aircraft, or ...
Navigation Act
Eng. Hist. any of several acts of Parliament between 1651 and 1847 designed primarily to expand British trade and limit trade by British colonies with countries that were rivals ...
Navigation Acts
English laws in the 17th–18th centuries that required the use of English or colonial ships to carry English trade. The laws were designed to encourage English shipbuilding and ...
navigation chart
      map designed and used primarily for navigation. A nautical chart presents most of the information used by the marine navigator, including latitude and longitude ...
navigation weir
stanch1 (def. 5). * * *
See navigation. * * *
navigational satellite
a satellite designed to enable operators of aircraft, vehicles, or vessels to determine their geographical position. Also, navigation setellite. Also called NAVSAT. [1960-65] * * ...
See navigational. * * *
/nav"i gay'teuhr/, n. 1. a person who navigates. 2. a person who practices, or is skilled in, navigation, as of ships or aircraft. 3. a person who conducts explorations by ...
Navigator Islands
former name of Samoa. * * *
Navistar International Corp.
Leading U.S. truck manufacturer. It originated as International Harvester Co., which was incorporated in 1902, merging McCormick Harvesting Machine Co. (founded by Cyrus H. ...
Navistar International Corporation
▪ American company formerly  (until 1986) International Harvester Company,         leading American producer of medium- and heavy-duty trucks and for many years a ...
▪ Mexico       city, southern Sonora estado (state), northwestern Mexico. Lying along the Gulf of California coastal plain near the Mayo River, Navojoa is the commercial ...
▪ Philippines       town, central Luzon, Philippines. The town lies between Manila Bay and Dagatdagatan Lagoon opposite Caloocan City, just north of Manila. It is an ...
/nahf"pahk taws/, n. Greek name of Lepanto. * * *
/nav'reuh ti loh"veuh, nahv'-/, n. Martina, born 1956, U.S. tennis player, born in Czechoslovakia. * * *
Navratilova, Martina
born Oct. 18, 1956, Prague, Czech. Czech-born U.S. tennis player. She became the undisputed top-seeded player in the world in 1979 after winning the Wimbledon women's singles ...
Nav·ra·ti·lo·va (năv'rə-tĭ-lōʹvə, nä'vrə-), Martina. Born 1956. Czechoslovakian-born American tennis player who won nine Wimbledon women's singles championships ...
▪ India also spelled  Naosari        city, southeastern Gujarat (Gujarāt) state, west-central India. It is situated in the coastal lowland along the Purna River. It ...
/nav"sat'/, n. See navigational satellite. * * *
NAVSTAR Global Positioning System
/nav"stahr'/ a global system of U.S. navigational satellites developed to provide precise positional and velocity data and global time synchronization for air, sea, and land ...
/nav"ee/, n., pl. navvies. Brit. Informal. an unskilled manual laborer. [1825-35; short for NAVIGATOR] * * *
/nay"vee/, n., pl. navies. 1. the whole body of warships and auxiliaries belonging to a country or ruler. 2. (often cap.) the complete body of such warships together with their ...
navy bean
a small, white bean, dried for prolonged storage and prepared for eating by soaking and cooking. [1885-60, Amer.; so called from wide use in the U.S. Navy] * * *
navy blue
—navy-blue, adj. a dark blue. [1830-40] * * *
Navy Cross
a U.S. Navy decoration awarded for outstanding heroism in operations against an enemy. * * *
navy plug
a strong, dark tobacco in plug form. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
Navy Reserve
➡ armed forces * * *
navy yard
a government dockyard where naval ships are built, repaired, and fitted out, and naval supplies and munitions are laid up. [1765-75] * * *
navy bean n. Any of several varieties of the kidney bean, cultivated for their edible white seeds.   [From its former use as a standard provision of the U.S. Navy.] * * *
navy blue n. A dark grayish blue.   [From the color of the British naval uniform.] * * *
Navy Cross n. A decoration awarded by the U.S. Navy for exceptional heroism in action. * * *
navy gray n. A dark gray. * * *
navy junior n. The child of a member of the U.S. Navy, typically a career officer. * * *
navy yard n. A dockyard for the construction, repair, equipping, or docking of naval vessels. * * *
naw [nô] adv., interj. Slang no: a negative reply * * *
/neuh wob", -wawb"/, n. 1. Also, nabob. a viceroy or deputy governor under the former Mogul empire in India. 2. an honorary title conferred upon Muslims of distinction in India ...
▪ Pakistan       town, Sindh province, southern Pakistan. The town, originally called Nasrat, is connected by road and rail with Karāchi, Hyderābād, and Sukkur. A ...
Nawānagar, Sir Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji, Maharaja Jam Sahib of
▪ Indian athlete and ruler also called (until 1907)  Kumar Shri (“Honourable Prince”) Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji  born Sept. 10, 1872, Sarodar, India died April 2, 1933, ...
▪ music also spelled  nawba  or  nauba         in Middle Eastern music, particularly the traditions of North Africa, an elaborate suite of movements that ...
▪ Uzbekistan Russian  Navoi,        city, central Uzbekistan. Nawoiy is a natural-gas–based industrial city and a major chemical centre with industries that ...
Nax·çi·van (näk'chĭ-vänʹ, näKH'-) or Na·khi·che·van (nə-kē'chə-, -KHē'-) An autonomous republic of Azerbaijan forming an exclave separated from the rest of the ...
▪ people Wade-Giles romanization  Na-hsi , also called  Nakhi  or  Nasi        ethnic group of China who live mainly in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces; some live in ...
/nak"sos, -sohs, -seuhs/; Gk. /nah"ksaws/, n. a Greek island in the S Aegean: the largest of the Cyclades group. 14,201; 169 sq. mi. (438 sq. km). * * * Largest island (pop., ...
/nay/, adv. 1. and not only so but; not only that but also; indeed: many good, nay, noble qualities. 2. Archaic. no (used in dissent, denial, or refusal). n. 3. a denial or ...
naya paisa
/neuh yah" puy sah"/, pl. naye paise /neuh yay" puy say"/. a former monetary unit of India and Bhutan, the 100th part of a rupee. [1955-60; < Hindi: lit., new pice] * * *
▪ Tamil poet-musician       any of the Tamil poet-musicians of the 7th and 8th centuries AD who composed devotional hymns of great beauty in honour of the Hindu god ...
Hindu caste of the Indian state of Kerala. Before the British conquest in 1792, the Nayar caste supplied Kerala's royalty and nobility, militia, and land managers. During ...
/nah'yah rddeet"/, n. a state in W Mexico. 699,000; 10,442 sq. mi. (27,045 sq. km). Cap.: Tepic. * * * State (pop., 2000: 920,185), west-central Mexico. It covers an area of ...
Nayler, James
▪ English religious leader Nayler also spelled  Naylor   born 1618, Ardsley, Yorkshire, Eng. died October 1660, London       one of the most prominent early English ...
Naylor, Gloria
▪ American author born Jan. 25, 1950, New York, N.Y., U.S.       African-American novelist, known for her strong depictions of black women.       Naylor read ...
▪ city, Myanmar also spelled  Nay Pyi Taw  or  Nay Pyi Daw        city and capital of Myanmar (Burma). Naypyidaw (Burmese: “Abode of Kings”) was built in the ...
/nay"say'/, v.t., naysaid, naysaying. to say nay to; deny; reject; oppose. [1765-75; NAY + SAY1, or by back formation from NAYSAYER] * * *
/nay"say'euhr/, n. a person who habitually expresses negative or pessimistic views: Despite a general feeling that things were going well, a few naysayers tried to cast ...
naysaying [nā′sā΄iŋ] n. the act or an instance of opposing, refusing, or denying adj. that opposes, refuses, etc., esp. habitually * * *
Nayyar, O(mkar) P(rasad)
▪ 2008       Indian composer and music director born Jan. 16, 1926 , Lahore, Punjab, British India [now in Pakistan] died Jan. 28, 2007 , Thana, Maharashtra, ...

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