from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The egg or young of a parasitic insect, such as a louse.
- n. A unit of illuminative brightness equal to one candle per square meter, measured perpendicular to the rays of the source.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A candela per square meter.
- n. The egg of a louse.
- n. A young louse.
- n. A fool, a nitwit.
- n. A nitpicker
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The egg of a louse or other small insect.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The egg of a louse or some similar insect.
- n. A small spot, speck, or protuberance.
- n. In mining. See knit, 3.
- n. A small insect; a gnat or fly: applied contemptuously to persons.
- No; not; not at all.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a luminance unit equal to 1 candle per square meter measured perpendicular to the rays from the source
- n. egg or young of an insect parasitic on mammals especially a sucking louse; often attached to a hair or item of clothing
Middle English, from Old English hnitu.
From Latin nitor, brightness, from nitēre, to shine.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin nitere ("to shine") (Wiktionary)
Middle English nite, from Old English hnitu, from Proto-Germanic *hnitō (cf. Dutch neet, German Nisse, Norwegian nit), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱ(o)nid- (cf. Scottish Gaelic sneadh, Lithuanian glìnda, Polish gnida, Albanian thëri, Ancient Greek κονίς (konís)) (Wiktionary)