Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of naught.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See naught.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See naught.
  • See naught.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • 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

    A Girl of the People

  • Our electronic search ended in nought but disappointment.

    Slumdog Millionaire Wins All The BAFTAs. All Of Them.

  • (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.)

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  • 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.

    Archive 2005-07-01

  • [195] "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."

    The Hindu-Arabic Numerals

  • He started and gazed around "Solitude!" cried he, with a faint smile; "nought is here, but Wallace and his sorrow.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • I've never heard her called nought but Bess, you see. "

    The King's Daughters

  • All the previous corruption sagas have come to nought, which is partly why many Nigerians are cynical about the anti-corruption moves.

    Archive 2005-10-01

  • 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.

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  • 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

    Amusements in Mathematics

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