Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Burma and Siam, a spirit or angel powerful for evil and for punishment; a demon; a genie.
  • A Middle English contracted form of ne at, not at, or nor at.
  • A Middle English form of not.
  • noun An abbreviation
  • noun of Natal;
  • noun of national;
  • noun of natural;
  • noun of naturalist.
  • noun A mat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb obsolete Not.
  • obsolete Not at; nor at.

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  • noun A spirit in Burmese mythology, whose cult is followed alongside Buddhism.
  • noun logarithmic unit of information or entropy, based on natural logarithms

Etymologies

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Reduced form of naught.

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Abbreviation of natural logarithm.

Examples

  • Red women have their'n in what I should call the nat'ral way, while white women take 'em innoculated like.

    The Deerslayer

  • That's what the schoolmasters call nat'ral arithmetic, and 'twill be sartain to beset the feelin's of savages.

    The Deerslayer

  • Dangerous territory for me - being a tad too much of a pale blue wimp, and too 'nat' sympathetic for one or two of the regulars, who tend towards the 'Right' on the Conservative continuum.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • Dangerous territory for me - being a tad too much of a pale blue wimp, and too 'nat' sympathetic for one or two of the regulars, who tend towards the 'Right' on the Conservative continuum.

    Day out in Newport West

  • "True, brother, when Peregrine stuck mine into my fist it was like a roaster in the short ribs, low, brother, low -- I was floored, taken aback, an 'nat'rally broached to an' come to a dead halt --"

    Peregrine's Progress

  • "You ain't got no right to close off more'n enough to leave us th 'nat'ral flow unless by agreement," he concluded, and opened the gates.

    The Blazed Trail

  • An 'I found Shaver -- 'scuse me, but ut seemed sort o' nat'ral name fer

    A Reversible Santa Claus

  • "You ain't got no right to close off more'n enough to leave us th 'nat'ral flow unless by agreement," he concluded, and opened the gates.

    The Blazed Trail

  • "Ay, but they wanted them, an 'nat'rally the Greeks stuck to the stanes they paid for."

    A Window in Thrums

  • "Arter all," he said, chuckling, "the two things does fit in nicely together an 'nat'ral like --' Igh Jinks an 'a fav'rite gel!"

    The Treasure of Heaven A Romance of Riches

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  • In Myanmar, a spirit or demon.

    April 26, 2008

  • Citation on pol.

    March 24, 2012