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

  • n. Nothing; zero.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Nothing; zero.
  • No, not any.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Will not.
  • Nothing; of no account; worthless; -- a term often used for canceling, in accounts or bookkeeping.
  • n. A special value for a variable used in certain computer languages to mean no assigned value, to be distinguished from the value zero.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See nill.
  • n. Nothing.
  • n. In musical acoustics, a minute interval, equal to a fifty-first part of a semitone.

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

  • n. a quantity of no importance

Etymologies

Latin nīl, contraction of nihil; see ne in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin nil, a contraction of nihil, nihilum ("nothing"). See nihilism. (Wiktionary)

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