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nil

See also: Nil, níl, Níl, Nîl, -nil-, and ni-l

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin nil, a contraction of nihil, nihilum (nothing). See nihilism.

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NounEdit

nil (plural nils)

  1. Nothing; zero.
    • 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, I.19:
      As to Aristotle's influence on him, we are left free to conjecture whatever seems to us most plausible. For my part, I should suppose it nil.

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DeterminerEdit

nil

  1. No, not any.
    • 1982, Gavin Lyall, Conduct of Major Maxim, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd:
      But after two or three hours and nil results, you have to accept that the trail is cold and you can't justify that level of manpower.

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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [nɨ̆ĺ], [nĺ], [˩˧nɨ̆l]

NounEdit

nil

  1. liquid; water
    Na nil ne dugudige.
    I swallowed water.
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PronounEdit

nil (indefinite)

  1. nothing

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

Clipping of nihil, in turn from nihilum, from ne- (not) + hilum (a hilum; a trifle, a bagatelle), or unknown origin

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nīl (indeclinable)

  1. (chiefly poetic) nothing
    Bene scripsisti de me, Thoma. Quam ergo mercedem accipies? Nil nisi te.
    You have written well of me, Thomas. What reward therefore will you receive? Nothing unless it is you.

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nil

  1. rafsi of ni.

Tok PisinEdit

EtymologyEdit

English needle.

NounEdit

nil

  1. needle
  2. thorn
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 3:18 (translation here):
      Ol rop i gat nil na ol gras nogut bai i kamap na karamapim gaden bilong yu.


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