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A gold nugget (small, compact chunk).


Probably a diminutive of dialectal nug (lump, block) +‎ -et.



nugget (countable and uncountable, plural nuggets)

  1. (countable) A small, compact chunk or clump.
    a gold nugget
  2. (countable) A tidbit of something valuable.
    a nugget of wisdom
  3. (uncountable) A type of boot polish.
  4. (countable) A bud from the Cannabis sativa plant. Usually implies dankness.
  5. (countable, slang) An inexperienced, newly trained fighter pilot.
    • 2009, Nick Scipio, Nereids:
      Jack stifled a smirk at the ensign's expressionless non-reaction. He'd been a nugget himself once, the new guy fresh from training.
  6. (computing theory) A partial description gleaned from data mining.
    • 2002, Data Mining: A Heuristic Approach (page 93)
      We have previously said that the heuristic algorithms produce good nuggets for most classes and most λ values []

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