נס

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Perhaps by extension from the “flag, staff, banner” senses below.

Noun[edit]

נֵס (nésm (plural indefinite ניסים \ נִסִּים, singular construct נֵס־) [pattern: קֵטֶל]

  1. a miracle
    • 1936 December 10, “אנו נושאים לפידים ('ánu nos'ím lapidím, We carry torches)”, performed by Aaron Zeev:
      נֵס לֹא קָרָה לָנוּ – \ פַּךְ שֶׁמֶן לֹא מָצָאנוּ.‏
      nés ló kará lánu – / pákh shémen ló matsánu.
      A miracle did not happen to us – / we did not find a flask of oil.

Declension[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Cognate with Aramaic נִסָּא (nisa); compare the root נ־ס־ס (n-s-s); perhaps related to the root נ־שׂ־א (n-ś-').

Noun[edit]

נֵס (nesm (plural indefinite נִסִּים, singular construct נֵס־) [pattern: קֵטֶל]

  1. A flag, standard, banner.
  2. A staff, pole, flagpole.
  3. (modern) A banner, pennant.

Etymology 3[edit]

From the root נ־ו־ס (n-w-s), נ־ס (n-s).

Verb[edit]

נָס (nas) (pa'al construction)

  1. (He/It) fled.
  2. Masculine singular present participle and present tense of נס (nas).

Etymology 4[edit]

Contraction of נֵס קָפֶה (Nescafé), from the brand of the Swiss company Nestlé, a blend of the company's name and café (coffee). Compare with Greek νες (nes).

Noun[edit]

נֵס (nesm (no construct forms)

  1. (informal) an instant coffee

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Yiddish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Hebrew נס (nes).

Noun[edit]

נס (nesm, plural נסים (nisim)

  1. miracle