American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of naught.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nothing; something which does not exist.
- n. A thing or person of no worth or value; nil.
- n. Not any quantity of number; zero; the score of no points in a game.
- n. The figure or character representing, or having the shape of, zero.
- adj. obsolete Good for nothing; worthless.
- adj. Wicked, immoral.
- v. To abase, to set at nought.
- adv. To no extent; in no way; not at all.
- adv. Not.
- pro. Nothing; zero.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See naught.
- n. a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number
- Middle English noght, from Old English nōwiht, which in turn comes from ne-ō-wiht which was a phrase used as an emphatic no meaning "not a thing". Eventually this degenerated into 'nought', 'nawt' and then 'not'. (Wiktionary)
“I'm despert -- I'm despert, as far as I think of myself, but there's nought -- _nought_ -- as I wouldn't do to serve”
“Our electronic search ended in nought but disappointment.”
“(That so many promised family reunions have come to nought is indicative of how poorly, on the whole, both sets of leaders — not just the tyrants in the North — have served the Korean people.)”
“She launched the festival, and in the first year had 800 visitors, in the second year, 12,000, yes, that nought is 12,000, and now has so many people who want to come along, that they have big-screen monitors and overflow tents.”
“ "The Hindus call the nought explicitly _ ['s] [= u] nyabindu_ 'the dot marking a blank,' and about 500 A.D. they marked it by a simple dot, which latter is commonly used in inscriptions and MSS. in order to mark a blank, and which was later converted into a small circle.”
“He started and gazed around "Solitude!" cried he, with a faint smile; "nought is here, but Wallace and his sorrow.”
“I've never heard her called nought but Bess, you see. ”
“All the previous corruption sagas have come to nought, which is partly why many Nigerians are cynical about the anti-corruption moves.”
“Extend this annihilation of a first object to a second, then to a third, and so on as long as you please: the nought is the limit toward which the operation tends.”
“This law enables us to find, with a very little trial, that the smallest number containing nine of the ten digits (calling nought a digit) that is divisible by 11 is”
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