nil

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

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

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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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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  • IPA(key): [nɨ̆ĺ], [nĺ], [˩˧nɨ̆l]

Noun[edit]

nil

  1. liquid; water
    Na nil ne dugudige.
    I swallowed water.
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Interlingua[edit]

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nil (indefinite)

  1. nothing

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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 Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

English needle.

Noun[edit]

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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