from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various small, biting, two-winged flies, such as a punkie or black fly.
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- n. Any small insect of the order Diptera, specifically within the suborder Nematocera.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A blood-sucking dipterous fly, of the genus Culex, undergoing a metamorphosis in water. The females have a proboscis armed with needlelike organs for penetrating the skin of animals. These are wanting in the males. In America they are generally called mosquitoes. See mosquito.
- n. Any fly resembling a Culex in form or habits; esp., in America, a small biting fly of the genus Simulium and allies, as the buffalo gnat, the black fly, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small two-winged fly, Culex pipiens, of the family Culicidæ, suborder Nemocera, and order Diptera, called in America mosquito.
- n. Any other insect of the family Culicidæ.—
- n. A nemocerous dipterous insect; a midge.
- n. A bird: same as knot.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (British usage) mosquito
- n. any of various small biting flies: midges; biting midges; black flies; sand flies
Palin also ridicules her former fiance, Levi Johnston who she describes as a "gnat ... constantly spreading false accusations against our family."
Swinging the sledgehammer to swat at a gnat is sure to cause some collateral damage.
Palin's book, co-written by Nancy French, covers her family and her mom's run for vice president, but focuses on Johnston, whom she calls a "gnat ... constantly spreading false accusations" against her family.
So please, please stop giving this woman an opportunity to bother us .... a gnat is less irritating!!
All I can say is that there has been a steady decline in British use of the word gnat in my lifetime.
The gnat is a case in point: the water-bug, common in our ponds and ditches, is another.
With what an air he added: 'E gia il moschino e conte' -- Already the gnat is a count. '
The larvae of the mosquito and the gnat are the favorite food of the trout in the wooded regions where those insects abound .
The gnat was the most cunning of all the army, and he, therefore, buzzed away into the forest where the enemy was encamped, and alighted on a leaf of the tree beneath which the watchword was given out.
The larvae of the mosquito and the gnat are the favorite food of the trout in the wooded regions where those insects abound.