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

  • adj. Not aligned with, supporting, or favoring either side in a war, dispute, or contest.
  • adj. Belonging to neither side in a controversy: on neutral ground.
  • adj. Belonging to neither kind; not one thing or the other.
  • adj. Sexless; neuter.
  • adj. Chemistry Of or relating to a solution or compound that is neither acidic nor alkaline.
  • adj. Chemistry Of or relating to a compound that does not ionize in solution.
  • adj. Physics Of or relating to a particle, an object, or a system that has neither positive nor negative electric charge.
  • adj. Physics Of or relating to a particle, object, or system that has a net electric charge of zero.
  • adj. Of or indicating a color, such as gray, black, or white, that lacks hue; achromatic.
  • adj. Linguistics Pronounced with the tongue in a middle position, neither high nor low, as the a in around.
  • n. A nation nonaligned with either side in a war.
  • n. A citizen of such a nation.
  • n. One who takes no side in a controversy: "I am by disposition one of life's neutrals, a human Switzerland” ( John Gregory Dunne).
  • n. A neutral hue.
  • n. A position in which a set of gears is disengaged so that power cannot be transmitted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not taking sides in a conflict such as war; nonaligned.
  • adj. Favouring neither the supporting nor opposing viewpoint of a topic of debate; unbiased.
  • adj. Neither positive nor negative.
  • adj. Neither beneficial nor harmful.
  • adj. Having no sex; neuter.
  • adj. Having no obvious colour; gray
  • adj. Neither positive nor negative; possessing no charge or equivalent positive and negative charge such that there is no imbalance.
  • adj. Having a pH of 7, neither acidic nor alkaline.
  • n. A nonaligned state, or a member of such a state.
  • n. A person who takes no side in a dispute.
  • n. An individual or entity serving as an arbitrator or adjudicator (jargon / legal).
  • n. A neutral hue.
  • n. The position of a set of gears in which power cannot be transmitted to the drive mechanism.
  • n. An electrical terminal or conductor which has zero or close to zero voltage with respect to the ground.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not engaged on either side; not taking part with or assisting either of two or more contending parties; neuter; indifferent.
  • adj. Neither good nor bad; of medium quality; middling; not decided or pronounced.
  • adj. Neuter. See Neuter, a., 3.
  • adj. Having neither acid nor basic properties; unable to turn red litmus blue or blue litmus red; -- said of certain salts or other compounds. Contrasted with acid, and alkaline.
  • n. A person or a nation that takes no part in a contest between others; one who is neutral.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In the condition of one who refrains from taking sides in a contest or dispute; taking no active part with either of two contestants or belligerents; not engaged on or interfering with either side.
  • Belonging to a neutral state: as, neutral ships; a neutral flag.
  • Neither one thing nor the other; intermediate; indifferent; mediocre.
  • In chem., exhibiting neither acid nor alkaline qualities: as, neutral salts.
  • In botany, sexless; having neither stamens nor pistils, as the ray-flowers of many Composite, the marginal flowers of Hydrangea, and the upper florets of many grasses. See cut under Hydrangea.
  • In electricity and magnetism, not electrified; not magnetized.
  • In color, of low chroma; without positive quality of color; grayish.
  • n. A person, party, or nation that takes no part in a contest between others; one who or that which occupies a neutral or indifferent position.
  • In metallurgy:
  • Neither acid nor basic: said of slag and linings.
  • Neither red-short nor cold-short: said of wrought-iron.
  • Suitable for production of neutral iron: said of iron-ore.
  • See zone.
  • n. Specifically, in some United States colleges and universities, one who belongs to none of the Greek-letter or other secret societies.
  • n. In electricity, the neutral conductor of a three-wire circuit.

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

  • adj. having no net electric charge
  • adj. having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive
  • adj. not supporting or favoring either side in a war, dispute, or contest
  • adj. having no personal preference
  • adj. having no hue
  • adj. lacking distinguishing quality or characteristics
  • adj. possessing no distinctive quality or characteristics
  • n. one who does not side with any party in a war or dispute

Etymologies

Middle English neuteral, from Old French neutral, from Latin neutrālis, grammatically neuter, from neuter, neutr-; see neuter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French neutral (French: neutre), from Latin neutralis. (Wiktionary)

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