Definition of


  1. (noun, substance) a common nonmetallic element that is normally a colorless odorless tasteless inert diatomic gas; constitutes 78 percent of the atmosphere by volume; a constituent of all living tissues
  2. (noun, linkdef) the cardinal compass point that is at 0 or 360 degrees
  3. (noun, quantity) a unit of force equal to the force that imparts an acceleration of 1 m/sec/sec to a mass of 1 kilogram; equal to 100,000 dynes
  4. (noun, quantity) (of a solution) concentration expressed in gram equivalents of solute per liter
  5. (noun, communication) the 14th letter of the Roman alphabet

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Origin of the word N

  1. in nickname, newt, and British dial. naunt, the -n- belongs to a preceding indefinite article an or possessive pronoun mine. Other examples of this from M.E. manuscripts include a neilond ("an island," early 13c.), a narawe ("an arrow," c.1400), a noke ("an oak," early 15c.), a nappyle ("an apple," early 15c.). The … more

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Words that sound like N

na, naan, nahum, name, nammu, namoi, nan, nanaimo, nanna, nanny, nanomia, naomi, nay, ne, nee, neem, nehemiah, nemea, neo, neon, neumann, new, new moon, new-mown, newman, ney, nh, ni, niamey, nih, nihau, nihon, nim, nina, nine, ninny, ninon, nm, nne, nnw, no, no-win, no., noaa, noah, noemi, nohow, noma, nome, nomia

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