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Nazarbayev, Nursultan
▪ president of Kazakstan in full  Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev , Nazarbayev also spelled  Nazarbaev  born 1940, Kazakhstan       president of Kazakhstan (from ...
Nazarene
/naz'euh reen", naz"euh reen'/, n. 1. a native or inhabitant of Nazareth. 2. a member of a sect of early Jewish converts to Christianity who retained the Mosaic ritual. 3. the ...
Nazarene, Church of the
▪ American Protestant church       U.S. Protestant church, the product of several mergers stemming from the 19th-century Holiness movement. The first major merger ...
Nazareth
/naz"euhr euhth/, n. a town in N Israel: the childhood home of Jesus. 41,200. * * * Hebrew Naẓerat Arabic Al-Nāṣirah Town (pop., 2000 est.: 69,604), northern Israel, ...
Nazarite
—Nazaritic /naz'euh rit"ik/, adj. /naz"euh ruyt'/, n. 1. (among the ancient Hebrews) a person who had taken certain strict religious vows, usually for a limited period. 2. ...
Nazas River
▪ river, Mexico Spanish  Río Nazas        river in Durango and Coahuila states, northern Mexico. Formed in Durango by the confluence of the Oro (or Sestín) and ...
Nazca
/nahs"kah, -keuh/, adj. of or pertaining to a pre-Incan culture of SW Peru, dating from c200 B.C., characterized by polychrome pottery and the employment of irrigation techniques ...
Nazca Lines
▪ archaeological site, Peru Nazca also spelled  Nasca,   groups of large line drawings and figures that appear, from a distance, to be etched into the earth's surface on ...
Nazca Plate
Geol. a tectonic division of the earth's crust, coincident with the suboceanic Peru Basin, and bounded on the north by the Cocos Plate, separated from the South American Plate by ...
Naze
/nayz/, n. The, Lindesnes. * * *
Nazi
/naht"see, nat"-/, n., pl. Nazis, adj. n. 1. a member of the National Socialist German Workers' party of Germany, which in 1933, under Adolf Hitler, seized political control of ...
Nazi Party
German political party of National Socialism. Founded in 1919 as the German Workers' Party, it changed its name to the National Socialist German Workers' Party when Adolf Hitler ...
Nazification
See Nazi. * * *
nazify
—nazification, n. /naht"si fuy', nat"-/, v.t., nazified, nazifying. (often cap.) to place under Nazi control or influence. [1930-35; NAZI + -FY] * * *
Nazimova
/neuh zim"euh veuh/; Russ. /nu zyee"meuh veuh/, n. Alla /ah"leuh/, 1879-1945, Russian actress in the U.S. * * *
Nazimova, Alla
▪ Russian actress pseudonym of  Alla Leventon   born June 4, 1879, Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine, Russian Empire died July 13, 1945, Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.   Russian-born and ...
Nazimova,Alla
Na·zi·mo·va (nə-zĭmʹə-və, -zyēʹmə-), Alla. 1879-1945. Russian-born American actress noted as an interpreter of the works of Ibsen, Chekhov, and O'Neill. * * *
nazir
—nazirship, n. /nah"zir/, n. 1. (in Muslim countries) the title of any of various public officials. 2. (formerly) a title of certain officials serving native rulers in ...
Nazirite
/naz"euh ruyt'/, n. Nazarite. * * * ▪ Judaism       (from Hebrew nazar, “to abstain from,” or “to consecrate oneself to”), among the ancient Hebrews, a sacred ...
Nazism
/naht"siz euhm, nat"-/, n. the principles or methods of the Nazis. Also, Naziism /naht"see iz'euhm, nat"-/. [1930-35; NAZ(I) + -ISM] * * *
Nazret
▪ Ethiopia also called  Nazareth,         town, central Ethiopia, 62 miles (100 km) southeast of Addis Ababa. It is a road junction and rail station on the main route ...
Naẓẓām, Ibrāhīm an-
▪ Muslim theologian in full  Abū Isḥāq Ibrāhīm ibn Sayyār ibn Hanīʾ an-Naẓẓām  born c. 775, Basra, Iraq died c. 845, Baghdad       brilliant Muslim ...
Naʿīmah, Mikhāʾīl
▪ Lebanese author Naʿīmah also spelled  Nouayme, or Naimy   born Nov. 22, 1889, Biskintā, Lebanon died Feb. 28, 1988, Beirut       Lebanese literary critic, ...
NB
1. New Brunswick, Canada (approved for postal use). 2. See nota bene. * * *
Nb
Symbol, Chem. niobium. * * *
NBA
1. National Basketball Association. 2. Also, N.B.A. See National Book Award. 3. National Boxing Association. * * *
NBA Championship
➡ basketball * * *
NBC
National Broadcasting Company (a television network). * * * in full National Broadcasting Co. Major U.S. commercial broadcasting company. It was formed in 1926 by RCA Corp., ...
NBC Symphony
▪ music organization also called  (1954–63) Symphony Of The Air,        American orchestra created in 1937 by the National Broadcasting Company expressly for the ...
NBC Universal
a company created in 2004 by NBC and Vivendi Universal. It owns a number of important film and broadcasting businesses which include the film production company Universal ...
NBCC
➡ National Book Critics Circle. * * *
NbE
See north by east. * * *
nbr
Ethiopic root, to sit, dwell. almemar, from Medieval Hebrew ʾalmêmār, from Arabic al-minbar, the pulpit, probably from Ethiopic manbar seat, chair, pulpit, or mənbār, seat, ...
NBS
See National Bureau of Standards. Also, N.B.S. * * *
NbW
See north by west. * * *
NC
1. network computer. 2. no charge. 3. North Carolina (approved esp. for use with zip code). 4. numerical control. 5. Mil. Nurse Corps. * * *
NC-17
/en"see"sev'euhn teen"/ Trademark. no children under 17: a motion-picture rating advising that persons under the age of 17 will not be admitted to the film. Cf. G (def. 7), PG, ...
NCAA
National Collegiate Athletic Association. Also, N.C.A.A. * * *
NCC
NCC abbrev. National Council of Churches * * * NCC abbr. National Council of Churches. * * *
NCCJ
See National Conference of Christians and Jews. * * *
NCL
➡ National Consumers League. * * *
NCO
NCO abbrev. noncommissioned officer * * * NCO abbr. noncommissioned officer. * * *
NCPAC
National Conservative Political Action Committee. * * *
NCR Corp.
U.S. manufacturer of cash registers, computers, and information-processing systems. It was founded in 1884 as National Cash Register Co. by John H. Patterson, who bought a ...
NCR Corporation
▪ American company formerly  (1884–1974) National Cash Register Co        ., American manufacturer of cash registers (cash register), computers, and ...
NCT
➡ National Childbirth Trust, National Curriculum Test. * * *
NCTE
National Council of Teachers of English. * * *
NCTs
➡ National Curriculum * * *
ND
North Dakota (approved esp. for use with zip code). * * * (as used in expressions) Buckingham 2nd duke of Cornwallis Charles Cornwallis 1st Marquess and 2nd Earl Dilke Sir ...
Nd
Symbol, Chem. neodymium. * * * (as used in expressions) Buckingham 2nd duke of Cornwallis Charles Cornwallis 1st Marquess and 2nd Earl Dilke Sir Charles Wentworth 2nd ...
nd
Stock Exchange. (esp. of bonds) next day (delivery). * * * (as used in expressions) Buckingham 2nd duke of Cornwallis Charles Cornwallis 1st Marquess and 2nd Earl Dilke Sir ...
NDAC
National Defense Advisory Commission. * * *
Ndadaye, Melchior
▪ 1994       Burundian banker and politician (b. March 28, 1953, Nyabihanga, Muramvya, Burundi—d. Oct. 21, 1993, Near Bujumbura, Burundi), became Burundi's president ...
nde
near-death experience. Also, NDE. * * *
NDEA
NDEA abbr. National Defense Education Act. * * *
Ndebele
/euhn deuh bee"lee/, n., pl. Ndebeles, (esp. collectively) Ndebele for 1. 1. Also called Matabele. a member of a Nguni people of the Transvaal and Zimbabwe. 2. the Bantu language ...
Ndiaye, Iba
▪ 2009       Senegalese painter born 1928, Saint-Louis, French West Africa [now in Senegal] died Oct. 5, 2008, Paris, France was one of Senegal's leading Modernist ...
Ndola
/euhn doh"leuh/, n. a city in N Zambia. 240,000. * * * ▪ Zambia       town, one of the largest in Zambia, located on the Congo (Kinshasa) border near Kitwe. It is ...
Ndongo
Ndong·o (ən-dôngʹgō) n. pl. Ndongo or Ndong·os See Mbundu. * * * Historical African kingdom of Mbundu people. Established с 1500 in what is now Angola, it instituted ...
nḏr
West Semitic, to vow, consecrate. Kol Nidre, from Aramaic kol nidrê, all the vows of, from nidrê, plural bound form of nidrā, vow, from nədar, to vow. * * *
NDSL
National Direct Student Loan. * * *
Ndutu
▪ anthropological and archaeological site, Tanzania       site in northern Tanzania known for a 400,000-year-old human cranium and associated Stone Age tools ...
NE
1. Nebraska (approved esp. for use with zip code). 2. northeast. 3. northeastern. * * *
Ne
Symbol, Chem. neon. * * *
ne plus ultra
/ne" ploos' ool"trddah/; Eng. /nee" plus' ul"treuh, nay"/, Latin. 1. the highest point; acme. 2. the most intense degree of a quality or state. * * *
Ne Win
/ne" win"/ U /ooh/, (Maung Shu Maung), born 1911, Burmese soldier and political leader: prime minister 1958-60, 1962-74; president 1974-81. * * *
Ne Win, U
or Shu Maung born May 24, 1911, Paungdale, Burma died Dec. 5, 2002, Yangôn, Myanmar Leader of Burma (Myanmar) from 1962 to 1988. He became involved in the Burmese ...
Ne'eman, Yuval
▪ 2007       Israeli nuclear physicist and politician (b. May 14, 1925, Tel Aviv, British Palestine—d. April 26, 2006, Tel Aviv, Israel), was at the centre of Israel's ...
ne'er
/nair/, adv. Literary. never. * * *
ne'er-do-well
/nair"dooh wel'/, n. 1. an idle, worthless person; a person who is ineffectual, unsuccessful, or completely lacking in merit; good-for-nothing. adj. 2. worthless; ineffectual; ...
ne-
var. of neo- esp. before a vowel: neencephalon. * * *
NEA
NEA abbrev. 1. National Education Association 2. National Endowment for the Arts * * * NEA abbr. 1. National Education Association. 2. National Endowment for the Arts. * * ...
Neagh
➡ Lough Neagh. * * *
Neagh, Lough
Lake, east-central Northern Ireland. It is the largest lake in the British Isles, with an area of 153 sq mi (396 sq km). It is about 15 mi (24 km) wide and 18 mi (29 km) long, ...
Neagle, Dame Anna
▪ British actress original name  Marjorie Robertson , married name  Marjorie Wilcox  born Oct. 20, 1904, London, Eng. died June 3, 1986, near London       British ...
Neal
/neel/, n. a male given name. * * *
Neal, Patricia
▪ American actress in full  Patsy Louise Neal  born January 20, 1926, Packard, Ky., U.S.       American motion picture actress known for her deeply intelligent ...
Neale, Earle
▪ American athlete and coach in full  Earle Alfred Neale  born Nov. 5, 1891, Parkersburg, W.Va., U.S. died Nov. 2, 1973, Lake Worth, Fla.       U.S. collegiate and ...
Neamţ
▪ county, Romania       judeţ (county), northeastern Romania. The Eastern Carpathian and sub-Carpathian mountains rise above settlement areas situated in the valleys of ...
Neanderthal
—Neanderthaler, n. /nee an"deuhr thawl', -tawl', -tahl'; nay ahn"deuhr tahl'/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Neanderthal man. 2. (often l.c.) Informal. primitive, unenlightened, ...
Neanderthal man
a member of an extinct subspecies of powerful, physically robust humans, Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, that inhabited Europe and western and central Asia c100,000-40,000 B.C. ...
Neanderthalman
Neanderthal man n. The Neanderthal human subspecies. Not in scientific use. * * *
Neanderthaloid
/nee an"deuhr thaw'loyd, -taw'-, -tah'-; nay ahn"deuhr tah'loyd/, Anthropol. adj. 1. resembling or characteristic of the physical type of Neanderthal man. n. 2. a fossil human ...
Neanderthals-the Latest News
▪ 2005       In the nearly 150 years since Neanderthal (or Neandertal) fossil remains were first discovered in Germany, dozens of whole and partial skeletons of this ...
neanthropic
/nee'an throp"ik/, adj. Anthropol. of or pertaining to modern forms of humans as compared with extinct species of the genus Homo. Also, neoanthropic. Cf. ...
neap
neap1 /neep/, adj. 1. designating tides midway between spring tides that attain the least height. n. 2. neap tide. See diag. under tide1. [bef. 900; ME neep, OE nep-, in nepflod ...
neap tide
▪ physics       tide of minimal range occurring near the time when the Moon and the Sun are in quadrature. This condition is geometrically defined as the time at which ...
neaped
/neept/, adj. Naut. grounded until the next cycle of spring tides. [1695-1705; NEAP1 + -ED3] * * *
Neapolitan
/nee'euh pol"i tn/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Naples: a Neapolitan love song. n. 2. a native or inhabitant of Naples. [1375-1425; late ME Neopolitan < L ...
Neapolitan ice cream
variously flavored and colored ice cream and ice mixtures frozen in layers. [1875-80, Amer.] * * *
Neapolitan opera
      style of Italian opera written chiefly by 18th-century composers working in Naples. See opera seria. * * *
Neapolitanice cream
Neapolitan ice cream n. Ice cream in brick form, with layers of different colors and flavors. * * *
neaptide
neap tide (nēp) Neap tides occur when the sun, moon, and earth form a right angle and the gravitational pull of the sun counteracts the pull of the moon. Precision ...
near
—nearness, n. /near/, adv., nearer, nearest, adj., nearer, nearest, prep., v. adv. 1. close; to a point or place not far away: Come near so I won't have to shout. 2. at, ...
near beer
any of several malt beverages that are similar to beer but are usually considered nonalcoholic because they have an alcoholic content of less than 1/2 percent. [1905-10, Amer.] * ...
Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Shoemaker
▪ spacecraft  first spacecraft to orbit and then land on an asteroid ( Eros, on Feb. 12, 2001).  The NEAR spacecraft was launched by the U.S. National Aeronautics and ...
Near East
—Near Eastern. an indefinite geographical or regional term, usually referring to the countries of SW Asia, including Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi ...
Near Easterner
See NearEastern. * * *
Near Islands
▪ islands, Alaska, United States       westernmost group of the Aleutian Islands, southwestern Alaska, U.S. The islands lie about 1,500 miles (2,400 km) west of the ...
near miss
1. a strike by a missile that is not a direct hit but is close enough to damage the target. 2. an instance of two vehicles, aircraft, etc., narrowly avoiding a collision. 3. ...
near money
any asset easily made liquid, as government bonds or savings deposits. [1940-45] * * *
near rhyme.
See slant rhyme. * * *
near-death experience
/near"deth"/ any experience involving a vision, as of the afterlife, reported by a resuscitated person. * * * Mystical or transcendent experience reported by people who have ...
near-infraredradiation
near-in·fra·red radiation (nîrʹĭn'frə-rĕdʹ) n. See near-red radiation. * * *
near-point
/near"poynt'/, n. Ophthalm. the point nearest the eye at which an object is clearly focused on the retina when accommodation of the eye is at a maximum. Cf. ...
near-redradiation
near-red radiation (nîrʹrĕdʹ) n. Electromagnetic radiation having the shortest wavelengths in the infrared region, between approximately 0.75 and 2.5 micrometers. Also called ...
near-term
/near"terrm"/, adj. for, covering, or involving the very near future: the near-term prospects for lower interest rates. [1955-60] * * *
nearbeer
near beer n. A malt liquor that does not contain enough alcohol to be considered an alcoholic beverage. * * *
nearby
/near"buy"/, adj. 1. close at hand; not far off; adjacent; neighboring: a nearby village. adv. 2. in the neighborhood or vicinity; close by: She works nearby. [1425-75; late ME; ...
Nearchus
▪ Macedonian general and satrap died , probably 312 BC       officer in the Macedonian army under Alexander the Great who, on Alexander's orders, sailed from the ...
Nearctic
/nee ahrk"tik, -ahr"-/, adj. Biogeog. belonging or pertaining to a geographical division comprising temperate Greenland and arctic North America, sometimes including high ...
NearEast
Near East (nîr) A region of southwest Asia generally thought to include Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the other countries of the Arabian Peninsula. ...
NearEastern
See Near East. * * *
nearer
nearer [nir′ər] adv., adj. compar. of NEAR prep. less distant from; closer to [a planet nearer the sun] * * *
Nearer Tibet
the eastern part of Tibet. * * *
nearest
nearest [nir′ist] adv., adj. superl. of NEAR prep. least distant from; closest to [the planet nearest the sun] * * *
neargale
near gale n. See moderate gale. * * *
Nearing, Helen
▪ 1996       U.S. author who with her husband, Scott, turned out at least 50 books that glorified the back-to-the-land movement (b. Feb. 23, 1904—Sept. 17, 1995). * * ...
NearIslands
Near Islands A group of islands of southwest Alaska. The westernmost of the Aleutian Islands, they were occupied by Japan from June 1942 until May-June 1943. Attu is the chief ...
nearly
/near"lee/, adv. 1. all but; almost: nearly dead with cold. 2. with close approximation: a nearly perfect likeness. 3. with close agreement or resemblance: a plan nearly like our ...
nearmiss
near miss n. 1. A narrowly avoided collision involving two or more aircraft, ships, boats, or motor vehicles. 2. A missile strike that is extremely close to but not directly on ...
nearness
See near. * * *
nearpoint
near point n. The nearest point at which an object can be seen distinctly by the eye. * * *
nearrhyme
near rhyme n. See off rhyme. * * *
nearshore
/near"shawr', -shohr'/, adj. extending from or occurring along a shore. [1895-1900; NEAR + SHORE] * * *
nearsighted
—nearsightedly, adv. —nearsightedness, n. /near"suy'tid, -suy"-/, adj. 1. seeing distinctly at a short distance only; myopic. 2. shortsighted. [1680-90; NEAR + SIGHT + ...
nearsightedly
See nearsighted. * * *
nearsightedness
See nearsightedly. * * *
nearthing
near thing n. Something that barely succeeds or nearly ends in failure or disaster. * * *
neat
neat1 —neatly, adv. —neatness, n. /neet/, adj., neater, neatest, adv. adj. 1. in a pleasingly orderly and clean condition: a neat room. 2. habitually orderly and clean in ...
neat line
a line defining a limit or edge of an excavation, cut stone, etc. Also called net line. * * *
neat's-foot oil
/neets"foot'/ a pale-yellow fixed oil made by boiling the feet and shinbones of cattle, used chiefly as a dressing for leather. [1570-80] * * * ▪ lubricant       pale ...
neat's-footoil
neat's-foot oil (nētsʹfo͝ot') n. A light yellow oil obtained from the feet and shinbones of cattle, used chiefly to dress leather. * * *
neaten
/neet"n/, v.t. to make neat: a day spent neatening the kitchen shelves. [1895-1900; NEAT1 + -EN1] * * *
neath
/neeth, needh/, prep. Chiefly Literary. beneath. Also, 'neath. [1780-90; aph. var. of BENEATH] * * * ▪ Wales, United Kingdom Welsh  Castell-nedd        town, Neath ...
Neath Port Talbot
▪ county borough, Wales, United Kingdom Welsh  Castell-nedd Port Talbot        county borough, southern Wales. Encompassing the Swansea Bay coast from the Kenfig ...
neatherd
/neet"herrd'/, n. Obs. cowherd. [1350-1400; ME; see NEAT2, HERD2] * * *
neatly
See neat1. * * *
neatness
See neatly. * * *
neatnik
neat·nik (nētʹnĭk) n. One who is habitually neat and orderly. * * *
neato
/nee"toh/, adj. Slang. neat1 (def. 5). [NEAT1 + -O] * * *
neb
/neb/, n. Scot. 1. a bill or beak, as of a bird. 2. the nose, esp. of an animal. 3. the tip or pointed end of anything. 4. the nib of a pen. 5. Obs. a person's mouth. [bef. 900; ...
Neb.
Nebraska. * * *
nebbish
—nebbishy, adj. /neb"ish/, n. Slang. a pitifully ineffectual, luckless, and timid person. [1890-95; < Yiddish nebekh poor, unfortunate, prob. < Slavic; cf. Czech nebohý poor; ...
nebbishy
See nebbish. * * *
NEbE
See northeast by east. * * *
nebh-
Cloud. 1. Suffixed form *nebh-(e)lo-. a. Niflheim, from Old Norse nifl-, “mist” or “dark,” probably from Germanic *nibila-; b. Nibelung, from Old High German Nibulunc, ...
Nebiim
Seph. /neuh vee eem"/; Ashk. /neuh vee"im/, n. Hebrew. Neviim. Cf. Tanach. * * *
Nebiolo, Primo
▪ 2000       Italian sports administrator who, as the ambitious head (1969–89) of the Italian Athletics Federation and the powerful and autocratic president (from ...
Nebitdag
▪ Turkmenistan also spelled  Nebit-Dag        city and administrative centre of Balkan oblast (province), western Turkmenistan, at the southern foot of the Bolshoy ...
Neblina Peak
▪ mountain, Brazil Portuguese  Pico Da Neblina         peak in the Imeri Mountains, Amazonas estado (state), northern Brazil, near the Venezuelan border. Reaching ...
NEbN
See northeast by north. * * *
Nebo
/nee"boh/, n. Mt. See under Pisgah. * * *
Nebo, Mount
▪ mountain, Utah, United States       mountain rising 11,877 feet (3,620 metres) in Juab county, north-central Utah, U.S. It is the highest peak in the Wasatch Range. ...
Nebr
Nebr abbrev. Nebraska * * *
Nebr.
Nebraska. * * *
Nebraska
/neuh bras"keuh/, n. a state in the central United States. 1,570,006; 77,237 sq. mi. (200,044 sq. km). Cap.: Lincoln. Abbr.: NE (for use with zip code), Nebr., Neb. * * * State ...
Nebraska City
▪ Nebraska, United States       city, seat (1854) of Otoe county, southeastern Nebraska, U.S., on the Missouri River at the Iowa border, about 40 miles (65 km) south of ...
Nebraska, flag of
▪ Flag History       U.S. state flag consisting of a dark blue field (background) with the state seal in the centre.       On March 28, 1925, Nebraska became ...
Nebraska, University of
▪ university system, Nebraska, United States       state university system of Nebraska, U.S., composed of four coeducational campuses. It is a land-grant university ...
Nebraskan
/neuh bras"keuhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Nebraska. 2. Geol. of or pertaining to the Nebraskan. n. 3. a native or inhabitant of Nebraska. 4. Geol. the first stage of the ...
Nebraskan Glacial Stage
▪ geology       major division of Pleistocene time and deposits in North America (the Pleistocene Epoch occurred from 1,600,000 to 10,000 years ago). The Nebraskan ...
nebris
/neb"ris/, n. a fawn skin worn in Greek mythology by Dionysus and his followers. [1770-80; < L < Gk nebrís fawn-skin; akin to nebrós fawn] * * *
Nebuchadnezzar
/neb'euh keuhd nez"euhr, neb'yoo-/, n. 1. Also, Nebuchadrezzar /neb'euh keuhd rez"euhr, neb'yoo-/ a king of Babylonia, 604?-561? B.C., and conqueror of Jerusalem. II Kings 24, ...
NebuchadnezzarII
Neb·u·chad·nez·zar II (nĕb'ə-kəd-nĕzʹər, nĕb'yə-), 630?-562B.C. King of Babylonia (605-562) who captured (597) and destroyed (586) Jerusalem and carried the ...
Nebuchadrezzar I
▪ king of Babylonia flourished 12th century BC       most famous Babylonian king (reigned c. 1119–c. 1098 BC) of the 2nd dynasty of the Isin.       In revenge ...
Nebuchadrezzar II
or Nebuchadnezzar born с 630 died с 561BC Second and greatest king of the Chaldean dynasty of Babylonia. He began his military career as an administrator (с 610 BC) and ...
nebula
—nebular, adj. /neb"yeuh leuh/, n., pl. nebulae /-lee', -luy'/, nebulas. 1. Astron. a. Also called diffuse nebula. a cloud of interstellar gas and dust. Cf. dark nebula, ...
nebular
See nebula. * * *
nebular hypothesis
Astron. the theory that the solar system evolved from a mass of nebular matter: prominent in the 19th century following its precise formulation by Laplace. [1830-40] * * *
nebularhypothesis
nebular hypothesis n. A theory of the origin of the solar system according to which a rotating nebula cooled and contracted, throwing off rings of matter that contracted into the ...
nebulated
/neb"yeuh lay'tid/, adj. having dim or indistinct markings, as a bird or other animal. [1480-90; < ML nebulat(us) (L nebul(a) cloud + -atus -ATE1) + -ED3; see NEBULA] * * *
nebulium
/neuh byooh"lee euhm/, n. Astron. a hypothetical element once thought to be present in emission nebulae because of certain unidentified spectral lines, now known to be forbidden ...
nebulization
See nebulize. * * *
nebulize
—nebulization, n. —nebulizer, n. /neb"yeuh luyz'/, v., nebulized, nebulizing. v.t. 1. to reduce to fine spray; atomize. v.i. 2. to become vague, indistinct, or ...
nebulizer
See nebulization. * * *
nebulose
/neb"yeuh leuhs, -lohs'/, adj. 1. cloudlike; nebulous. 2. hazy or indistinct; nebulous. 3. having cloudlike markings. [1795-1805; < L nebulosus full of mist, foggy, cloudy. See ...
nebulosity
/neb'yeuh los"i tee/, n., pl. nebulosities. 1. nebulous or nebular matter. 2. a nebulous form, shape, or mass. 3. the state or condition of being nebulous. [1755-65; < LL ...
nebulosus
/neb'yeuh loh"seuhs/, adj. Meteorol. (of a cloud) having indistinct details. [ < L nebulosus NEBULOUS] * * *
nebulous
—nebulously, adv. —nebulousness, n. /neb"yeuh leuhs/, adj. 1. hazy, vague, indistinct, or confused: a nebulous recollection of the meeting; a nebulous distinction between ...
nebulously
See nebulous. * * *
nebulousness
See nebulously. * * *
NEC
1. ➡ National Executive Committee. 2. ➡ National Exhibition Centre. * * *
NEC Corp.
Major Japanese computer, electronics, and telecommunications equipment manufacturer. Nippon Electric Company, Ltd. (officially NEC Corp. in 1983), was founded in 1899 with ...
NEC Corporation
▪ Japanese corporation       major Japanese multinational corporation, producer of semiconductors, computers, telecommunications equipment, and related software and ...
NEC Harlequins
➡ Harlequins * * *
Necati, İsa
▪ Turkish poet Necati also spelled  Nejati   died 1509, Constantinople, Ottoman Empire [now Istanbul, Turkey]       the first great lyric poet of Ottoman Turkish ...
necessarian
—necessarianism, n. /nes'euh sair"ee euhn/, n., adj. necessitarian. [NECESSARY + -AN] * * *
necessarily
/nes'euh sair"euh lee, -ser"-/, adv. 1. by or of necessity; as a matter of compulsion or requirement: You don't necessarily have to attend. 2. as a necessary, logical, or ...
necessary
—necessariness, n. /nes"euh ser'ee/, adj., n., pl. necessaries. adj. 1. being essential, indispensable, or requisite: a necessary part of the motor. 2. happening or existing by ...
necessary condition
necessary condition n. 1. Logic an antecedent whose denial entails the denial of the consequent 2. something that must exist or occur if something else is to exist or occur: Cf. ...
necessary stool
close-stool. [1755-65] * * *
necessitarian
/neuh ses'i tair"ee euhn/, n. 1. a person who advocates or supports necessitarianism (distinguished from libertarian). adj. 2. pertaining to necessitarians or ...
necessitarianism
/neuh ses'i tair"ee euh niz'euhm/, n. the doctrine that all events, including acts of the will, are determined by antecedent causes; determinism. [1850-55; NECESSITARIAN + ...
necessitate
—necessitation, n. —necessitative, adj. /neuh ses"i tayt'/, v.t., necessitated, necessitating. 1. to make necessary or unavoidable: The breakdown of the car necessitated a ...
necessitation
See necessitate. * * *
necessitative
See necessitation. * * *
necessitous
—necessitously, adv. —necessitousness, n. /neuh ses"i teuhs/, adj. 1. destitute or impoverished; needy; indigent: to aid a necessitous young mother. 2. being essential or ...
necessitously
See necessitous. * * *
necessitude
/neuh ses"i toohd', -tyoohd'/, n. Archaic. necessity. [1605-15; < L necessitudo, equiv. to necessi-, comb. form of necesse NECESSARY + -tudo -TUDE] * * *
necessity
/neuh ses"i tee/, n., pl. necessities. 1. something necessary or indispensable: food, shelter, and other necessities of life. 2. the fact of being necessary or indispensable; ...
Nechako
Ne·chak·o (nə-chăkʹō) A river, about 462 km (287 mi) long, of central British Columbia, Canada, flowing northeast then east to the Fraser River at Prince George. * * *
Nechako River
River, central British Columbia, Canada. The major tributary of the Fraser River, it flows east for nearly 150 mi (240 km). The Stuart River, a tributary 258 mi (415 km) long, ...
Nechayev, Sergey Gennadiyevich
▪ Russian revolutionary Nechayev also spelled  Nechaev   born Sept. 20 [Oct. 2, New Style], 1847, Ivanovo, Russia died Nov. 21 [Dec. 3], 1882, St. ...
Neches
Neches [nech′iz] 〚prob. < AmInd tribal name〛 river in E Tex., flowing southeast into Sabine Lake: 280 mi (451 km): see SABINE2 * * * Nech·es (nĕchʹĭz) A river of ...
Necho
/nee"koh/, n. Prince of Sais and Prince of Memphis, fl. 633? B.C., chief of the Egyptian delta lords (father of Psamtik I). Also called Necho I. * * *
Necho I
▪ king of Egypt flourished c. 672–664 BC       governor of Sais, a city of the Egyptian Nile delta, under the Assyrians and ancestor of the 26th dynasty; he survived ...
Necho II
▪ king of Egypt flourished 7th century BC       king of Egypt (reigned 610–595 BC), and a member of the 26th dynasty, who unsuccessfully attempted to aid Assyria ...
Nechung oracle
▪ Tibetan Buddhism       oracle-priest of Tibet who, until the conquest of Tibet in 1959 by the People's Republic of China, was consulted on all important occasions. The ...
neck
—necker, n. —neckless, adj. —necklike, adj. /nek/, n. 1. the part of the body of an animal or human being that connects the head and the trunk. 2. the part of a garment ...
neck cord
lash1 (def. 7). * * *
neck sweetbread
sweetbread (def. 2). * * *
neck-rein
/nek"rayn'/, v.t. 1. to guide or direct (a horse) with the pressure of a rein on the opposite side of the neck from the direction in which the rider wishes to travel. v.i. 2. (of ...
Neckam, Alexander
▪ British scientist and theologian born Sept. 8, 1157, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, Eng. died , early 1217, Kempsey, Worcestershire       English schoolman and scientist, ...
Neckar
/nek"euhr/; Ger. /ne"kahrdd/, n. a river in SW Germany, flowing N and NE from the Black Forest, then W to the Rhine River. 246 mi. (395 km) long. * * *
Neckar River
River, southwestern Germany. It rises in the Black Forest near the headwaters of the Danube River and is 228 mi (367 km) long. It flows north and northeast, passing Stuttgart. ...
neckband
/nek"band'/, n. 1. a band of cloth at the neck of a garment. 2. a band, esp. one of ornamental design, worn around the neck, affixed to a bottle, etc. [1400-50; late ME nekband. ...
neckcloth
/nek"klawth', -kloth'/, n., pl. neckcloths /-klawdhz', -klodhz', -klawths', -kloths'/. Obs. cravat (def. 2). [1630-40; NECK + CLOTH] * * *
necked
/nekt/, adj. having a neck of a kind specified (usually used in combination): a square-necked blouse. [1350-1400; ME. See NECK, -ED3] * * *
Necker
/nek"euhr/; Fr. /ne kerdd"/, n. Jacques /zhahk/, 1732-1804, French statesman, born in Switzerland. * * *
Necker de Saussure, Albertine-Adrienne
▪ Swiss writer née  Albertine-adrienne De Saussure   born 1766, Geneva died April 20, 1841, Vallée du Salève, near Geneva       Swiss woman of letters and author ...
Necker, Jacques
born Sept. 30, 1732, Geneva, Switz. died April 9, 1804, Coppet Swiss-born French financier and director-general of finance under Louis XVI. He became a banker in Paris, and, ...
Necker, Suzanne
▪ French patroness original name  Suzanne Curchod   born May 1739, Crassier, Switz. died May 6, 1794, Beaulieu, near Lausanne  Swiss hostess of a brilliant Parisian salon ...
Necker,Jacques
Neck·er (nĕkʹər, nĕ-kĕrʹ), Jacques. 1732-1804. French financier and politician who advocated the formation of the States-General to effect financial reform. His brief ...
neckerchief
/nek"euhr chif, -cheef'/, n. a cloth or scarf worn round the neck. [1350-1400; ME; see NECK, KERCHIEF] * * *
necking
/nek"ing/, n. 1. Informal. the act of embracing, kissing, and caressing amorously; petting. 2. Archit. a. a molding or group of moldings between the projecting part of a capital ...
necklace
/nek"lis/, n. a piece of jewelry consisting of a string of stones, beads, jewels, or the like, or a chain of gold, silver, or other metal, for wearing around the neck. [1580-90; ...
neckless
See neck. * * *
necklet
/nek"lit/, n. something worn around the neck for ornamentation, as a fur piece. [1860-65; NECK + -LET] * * *
neckline
/nek"luyn'/, n. the opening at the neck of a garment, esp. of a woman's garment, with reference to its shape or its position on the body: a V-neckline; a high neckline. [1900-05; ...
neckof the woods
neck of the woods n. Informal pl. necks of the woods A region; a neighborhood.   [From neck, narrow stretch of forest.] * * *
neckpiece
/nek"pees'/, n. a scarf, esp. one of fur. [1595-1605; NECK + PIECE] * * *
necktie
—necktieless, adj. /nek"tuy'/, n. 1. a band of decorative fabric worn around the neck, under the collar, and tied in front to hang down the front of a shirt or to form a small ...
necktie party
Older Slang. a lynching or other execution by hanging. [1830-40] * * *
neckwear
/nek"wair'/, n. articles of dress worn round or at the neck. [1875-80; NECK + WEAR] * * *
necro-
a combining form meaning "the dead," "corpse," "dead tissue," used in the formation of compound words: necrology. Also, esp. before a vowel, necr-. [ < Gk nekro-, comb. form of ...
necrobacillosis
—necrobacillary /nek'roh bas"euh ler'ee/, adj. /nek'roh bas'euh loh"sis/, n. Vet. Pathol. any disease of cattle, horses, sheep, and swine marked by necrotic areas in which a ...
necrobiosis
—necrobiotic /nek'roh buy ot"ik/, adj. /nek'roh buy oh"sis/, n. Med. the death of cells or tissue caused by aging or disease. Cf. necrosis. [1875-80; NECRO- + -BIOSIS] * * *
necrobiotic
See necrobiosis. * * *
necrolatry
/neuh krol"euh tree, ne-/, n. worship of the dead. [1820-30; NECRO- + -LATRY] * * *
necrologic
See necrology. * * *
necrological
See necrologic. * * *
necrologist
See necrologic. * * *
necrology
—necrological /nek'reuh loj"i keuhl/, necrologic, adj. —necrologically, adv. —necrologist, n. /neuh krol"euh jee, ne-/, n., pl. necrologies. 1. a list of persons who have ...
necromancer
See necromancy. * * *
necromancy
—necromancer, n. —necromantic; Obs., necromantical, adj. —necromantically, adv. /nek"reuh man'see/, n. 1. a method of divination through alleged communication with the ...
necromantic
See necromancer. * * *
necromimesis
/nek'roh mi mee"sis/, n. Psychiatry. a pathological state in which a person believes himself or herself to be dead. [NECRO- + MIMESIS] * * *
necrophagia
necrophagia [nek΄rə fā′jē ə] n. 〚ModL: see NECRO- & -PHAGY〛 the eating of dead bodies; esp., the practice of feeding on carrion necrophagous [ne kräf′ə ...
necrophagous
ne·croph·a·gous (nə-krŏfʹə-gəs, nĕ-) adj. Feeding on carrion or corpses: necrophagous organisms. * * *
necrophile
See necrophiliac. * * *
necrophilia
—necrophile /nek"reuh fuyl'/, n. —necrophiliac /nek'reuh fil"ee ak'/, necrophilic, adj., n. /nek'reuh fil"ee euh/, n. Psychiatry. an erotic attraction to corpses. [1890-95; < ...
necrophiliac
See necrophilia. * * *
necrophilic
See necrophiliac. * * *
necrophilism
/neuh krof"euh liz'euhm, ne-/, n. Psychiatry. necrophilia. [1860-65; NECRO- + -PHILISM] * * *
necrophobia
—necrophobic, adj. /nek'reuh foh"bee euh/, n. Psychiatry. 1. an abnormal fear of death; thanatophobia. 2. an abnormal fear of dead bodies. [1825-35; < NL; see NECRO-, ...
necrophobic
See necrophobia. * * *
necropolis
—necropolitan /nek'reuh pol"i tn/, adj. /neuh krop"euh lis, ne-/, n., pl. necropolises. 1. a cemetery, esp. one of large size and usually of an ancient city. 2. a historic or ...
necropsy
/nek"rop see/, n., pl. necropsies, v., necropsied, necropsying. n. 1. the examination of a body after death; autopsy. v.t. 2. to perform a necropsy on. [1855-60; NECR- + ...
necroscopy
/neuh kros"keuh pee, ne-/, n., pl. necroscopies. necropsy. [1835-45; NECRO- + -SCOPY] * * *
necrose
/neuh krohs", ne-, nek"rohs/, v.t., v.i., necrosed, necrosing. Pathol. to affect or be affected with necrosis. [1870-75; back formation from NECROSIS] * * *
necrosis
—necrotic /neuh krot"ik, ne-/, adj. /neuh kroh"sis, ne-/, n. death of a circumscribed portion of animal or plant tissue. [1655-65; < NL < Gk nékrosis mortification, state of ...
necrotic
See necrosis. * * *
necrotize
/nek"reuh tuyz'/, v., necrotized, necrotizing. v.i. 1. to undergo necrosis. v.t. 2. to cause necrosis in (a tissue, an organ, etc.). Also, esp. Brit., necrotise. [1870-75; ...
necrotizing
necrotizing [nek′rə tīz΄iŋ] adj. of or having to do with necrosis * * *


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