Definition of Nothing

1. Noun. A quantity of no importance. "I didn't hear zilch about it"

Exact synonyms: Aught, Cipher, Cypher, Goose Egg, Nada, Naught, Nil, Nix, Null, Zero, Zilch, Zip, Zippo
Generic synonyms: Relative Quantity
Specialized synonyms: Nihil, Bugger All, Fanny Adams, Fuck All, Sweet Fanny Adams
Derivative terms: Zero

2. Adverb. In no respect; to no degree. "He looks nothing like his father"

Definition of Nothing

1. n. Not anything; no thing (in the widest sense of the word thing); -- opposed to anything and something.

2. adv. In no degree; not at all; in no wise.

Definition of Nothing

1. Pronoun. Not any thing; no thing. ¹

2. Pronoun. An absence of anything, including empty space, brightness, darkness, matter, or a vacuum. ¹

3. Pronoun. (slang in double negatives) Anything ¹

4. Noun. Something trifling, or of no consequence or importance ¹

5. Noun. A trivial remark (especially in the term (term sweet nothings)) ¹

6. Noun. A nobody (insignificant person) ¹

7. Adverb. (archaic) Not at all; in no way. ¹

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Definition of Nothing

1. the absence of all quantity or magnitude [n -S]

Medical Definition of Nothing

1. 1. Not anything; no thing (in the widest sense of the word thing); opposed to anything and something. "Yet had his aspect nothing of severe." (Dryden) 2. Nonexistence; nonentity; absence of being; nihility; nothingness. 3. A thing of no account, value, or note; something irrelevant and impertinent; something of comparative unimportance; utter insignificance; a trifle. "Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought." (Is. Xli. 24) "'T is nothing, says the fool; but, says the friend, This nothing, sir, will bring you to your end." (Dryden) 4. A cipher; naught. Nothing but, only; no more than. To make nothing of. To make no difficulty of; to consider as trifling or important. "We are industrious to preserve our bodies from slavery, but we make nothing of suffering our souls to be slaves to our lusts." . Not to understand; as, I could make nothing of what he said. Origin: From no, a. + thing. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Nothing

nothing (current term)
nothing ball
nothing doing
nothing flat
nothing like
nothing special
nothing to it
nothing to see
nothing to sneeze at
nothing to write home about
nothing ventured, nothing gained

Literary usage of Nothing

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Horace Howard Furness (1903)
"Originally the claim of Macbeth to the throne was better than Duncan's, and now Macbeth has by his valor saved Scotland, while old Duncan has done nothing. ..."

2. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York by Daniel Defoe (1790)
"... for I have heard nothing of them for above two days ; and I was afraid to enquire after them, faid he, for I had nothing to relieve them with. ..."

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