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Nothing

nothing

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. (Science: mathematics) 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.


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