from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Pleasing and agreeable in nature: had a nice time.
- adj. Having a pleasant or attractive appearance: a nice dress; a nice face.
- adj. Exhibiting courtesy and politeness: a nice gesture.
- adj. Of good character and reputation; respectable.
- adj. Overdelicate or fastidious; fussy.
- adj. Showing or requiring great precision or sensitive discernment; subtle: a nice distinction; a nice sense of style.
- adj. Done with delicacy and skill: a nice bit of craft.
- adj. Used as an intensive with and: nice and warm.
- adj. Obsolete Wanton; profligate: "For when mine hours/Were nice and lucky, men did ransom lives/Of me for jests” ( Shakespeare).
- adj. Obsolete Affectedly modest; coy: "Ere . . . /The nice Morn on th' Indian steep,/From her cabin'd loop-hole peep” ( John Milton).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To run a process with a specified (usually lower) priority.
- adv. Nicely.
- interj. Used to signify a job well done.
- interj. Used to signify approval.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Foolish; silly; simple; ignorant; also, weak; effeminate.
- adj. Of trifling moment; unimportant; trivial.
- adj. Overscrupulous or exacting; hard to please or satisfy; fastidious in small matters.
- adj. Delicate; refined; dainty; pure.
- adj. Apprehending slight differences or delicate distinctions; distinguishing accurately or minutely; carefully discriminating.
- adj. Done or made with careful labor; suited to excite admiration on account of exactness; evidencing great skill; exact; fine; finished; ; exactly or fastidiously discriminated; requiring close discrimination.
- adj. Pleasing; agreeable; gratifying; delightful; good
- adj. Pleasant; kind.
- adj. Well-mannered; well-behaved.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Ignorant; weak; foolish.
- Trivial; unimportant.
- Fastidious; very particular or scrupulous; dainty; difficult to please or satisfy; exacting; squeamish.
- Discriminating; critical; discerning; acute.
- Characterized by exactness, accuracy, or precision; formed or performed with precision or minuteness and exactness of detail; accurate; exact; precise: as, nice proportions; nice calculations or workmanship.
- Fine; delicate; involving or demanding scrupulous care or consideration; subtle; difficult to treat or settle.
- Delicate; soft; tender to excess; hence, easily influenced or injured.
- Modest; coy; reserved.
- Pleasant or agreeable to the senses; delicate; tender; sweet; delicious; dainty; as, a nice bit; a nice tint.
- Pleasing or agreeable in general.
- Agreeable; pleasant; good: applied to persons.
- [Nice in this sense is very common in colloquial use as a general epithet of approbation applicable to anything that pleases.]
- Synonyms Nice., Dainty, Fastidious, Squeamish, finical, delicate, exquisite, effeminate, fussy. Nice is the most general of the first four words; it suggests careful choice: as, he is nice in his language and in his dress; it is rarely used of overwrought delicacy. Dainty is stronger than nice, and ranges from a commendable particularity to fastidiousness: as, to be dainty in one's choice of clothes or company; a dainty virtue. Fastidious almost always means a somewhat proud or haughty particularity; a fastidious person is hard to please, because he objects to minute points or to some point in almost everything. Squeamish is founded upon the notion of feeling nausea; hence it means fastidious to an extreme, absurdly particular.
- Definite, rigorous, strict.
- Accurate, Correct, Exact, etc. See accurate.
- Luscious, savory, palatable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous
- adj. done with delicacy and skill
- n. a city in southeastern France on the Mediterranean; the leading resort on the French Riviera
- adj. pleasant or pleasing or agreeable in nature or appearance
- adj. excessively fastidious and easily disgusted
- adj. exhibiting courtesy and politeness
Middle English, foolish, from Old French, from Latin nescius, ignorant, from nescīre, to be ignorant; see nescience.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Name of a Unix program used to invoke a script or program with a specified priority, with the implication that running at a lower priority is "nice" (kind, etc.) because it leaves more resources for others. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English nice, nyce, nys, from Old French nice, niche, nisce ("simple, foolish, ignorant"), from Latin nescius ("ignorant, not knowing"); compare nescire ("to know not, be ignorant of"), from ne ("not") + scire ("to know"). (Wiktionary)