Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Nobleness noun The quality or state of being noble; greatness; dignity; magnanimity; elevation of mind, character, or station; nobility; grandeur; stateliness.
His purposes are full honesty, nobleness , and integrity. Jer. Taylor.
Nobless, Noblesse noun
[ French noblesse
. See Noble
.] 1. Dignity; greatness; noble birth or condition.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer. Spenser. B. Jonson. 2. The nobility; persons of noble rank collectively, including males and females. Dryden.
; plural Noblewomen A female of noble rank; a peeress.
Nobley noun [ Old French nobleie .]
1. The body of nobles; the nobility. [ Obsolete] Chaucer. 2. Noble birth; nobility; dignity. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
1. Of noble extraction; as, nobly born or descended. 2. In a noble manner; with greatness of soul; heroically; with magnanimity; as, a deed nobly done. 3. Splendidly; magnificently. Syn. -- Illustriously; honorably; magnanimously; heroically; worthly; eminently; grandly.
; plural Nobodies
. [ No
, adjective + body
.] 1. No person; no one; not anybody. 2.
Hence: A person of no influence or importance; an insignificant or contemptible person.
Nocake noun [ Corrupted from Indian nookhik meal. Palfrey. ] Indian corn parched, and beaten to powder, -- used for food by the Northern American Indians.
[ Latin nocens
, present participle of nocere
to hurt. See Nuisance
.] 1. Doing hurt, or having a tendency to hurt; hurtful; mischievous; noxious; as, nocent qualities. I. Watts. 2. Guilty; -- the opposite of innocent .
[ Obsolete] Foxe.
Nocent noun A criminal. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Nocently adverb Hurtfully; injuriously. [ R.]
Nocive adjective [ Latin nocivus , from nocere to hurt.] Hurtful; injurious. [ R.] Hooker.
[ See Notch
.] 1. A notch.
He took his arrow by the nock . Chapman. 2. (Nautical) The upper fore corner of a boom sail or of a trysail.
Nock transitive verb To notch; to fit to the string, as an arrow; to string, as a bow. Chapman.
Noctambulation noun [ Latin nox , noctis , night + ambulare to walk: confer French noctambulation .] Somnambulism; walking in sleep. Quain.
Noctambulism noun Somnambulism.
Noctambulist noun A somnambulist.
Noctambulo noun A noctambulist. [ Obsolete]
Noctidial adjective [ Latin nox , noctos , night + dies day.] Comprising a night and a day; a noctidial day. [ R.] Holder.
Noctiferous adjective [ Latin noctifer ; nox , noctis + ferre to bring.] Bringing night. [ Obsolete] Johnson.
Noctilionid noun [ Etymol. uncertain.] (Zoology) A South American bat of the genus Noctilio , having cheek pouches and large incisor teeth.
; plural NoctilucÆ
. [ Latin noctiluca
something that shines by night, from nox
, night + lucere
to shine, lux
light.] 1. (Old Chem.) That which shines at night; -- a fanciful name for phosphorus. 2. (Zoology) A genus of marine flagellate Infusoria, remarkable for their unusually large size and complex structure, as well as for their phosphorescence. The brilliant diffuse phosphorescence of the sea is often due to myriads of Noctilucæ.
Noctilucin noun (Zoology) A fatlike substance in certain marine animals, to which they owe their phosphorescent properties.
Noctilucine adjective (Zoology) Of or pertaining to Noctiluca.
Noctilucous adjective Shining in the night.
Noctivagant adjective [ Latin nox , noctis , night + vagans , present participle of vagari to wander about.] (Zoology) Going about in the night; night-wandering.
Noctivagation noun A roving or going about in the night. Gayton.
Noctivagous adjective [ Latin noctivagus ; nox , noctis + vagus wandering.] Noctivagant.
Noctograph noun [ Latin nox , noctis , night + -graph .]
1. A kind of writing frame for the blind. 2. An instrument or register which records the presence of watchmen on their beats. Knight.
Noctuary noun [ Latin noctu by night.] A record of what passes in the night; a nightly journal; -- distinguished from diary . [ R.] Addison.
Noctuid noun [ From Latin nox , noctis , night.] (Zoology) Any one of numerous moths of the family Noctuidæ , or Noctuælitæ , as the cutworm moths, and armyworm moths; -- so called because they fly at night. -- adjective Of or pertaining to the noctuids, or family Noctuidæ .
Noctule noun [ French, from Latin noctua a night owl, from nox , noctis , night.] (Zoology) A large European bat ( Vespertilio, or Noctulina, altivolans ).
[ French nocturne
, from Latin nocturnus
. See Nocturnal
, and confer Nocturne
.] 1. An office of devotion, or act of religious service, by night. 2. One of the portions into which the Psalter was divided, each consisting of nine psalms, designed to be used at a night service. Hook.
[ Latin nocturnalis
, from nox
, night. See Night
, and confer Nocturn
.] 1. Of, pertaining to, done or occuring in, the night; as, nocturnal darkness, cries, expedition, etc.; -- opposed to diurnal . Dryden. 2. Having a habit of seeking food or moving about at night; as, nocturnal birds and insects.
Nocturnal noun An instrument formerly used for taking the altitude of the stars, etc., at sea. I. Watts.
Nocturnally adverb By night; nightly.
[ French See Nocturn
.] (Mus.) A night piece, or serenade. The name is now used for a certain graceful and expressive form of instrumental composition, as the nocturne for orchestra in Mendelsohn's "Midsummer-Night's Dream" music.
Nocument noun [ Late Latin nocumentum , from Latin nocere to hurt.] Harm; injury; detriment. [ Obsolete]
Nocuous adjective [ Latin nocuus , from nocere to hurt.] Hurtful; noxious. [ R.] -- Noc"u*ous*ly , adverb [ R.]
Nod intransitive verb
[ Middle English nodden
; confer Old High German kn...t...n
, ge nuot...n
, to shake, and English nudge
.] 1. To bend or incline the upper part, with a quick motion; as, nodding plumes. 2. To incline the head with a quick motion; to make a slight bow; to make a motion of assent, of salutation, or of drowsiness, with the head; as, to nod at one. 3. To be drowsy or dull; to be careless.
Nor is it Homer nods , but we that dream. Pope.
Nod transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Nodded
; present participle & verbal noun Nodding
.] 1. To incline or bend, as the head or top; to make a motion of assent, of salutation, or of drowsiness with; as, to nod the head. 2. To signify by a nod; as, to nod approbation. 3. To cause to bend.
By every wind that nods the mountain pine. Keats.
Nod noun 1. A dropping or bending forward of the upper part or top of anything.
Like a drunken sailor on a mast, Shak. 2. A quick or slight downward or forward motion of the head, in assent, in familiar salutation, in drowsiness, or in giving a signal, or a command.
Ready with every nod to tumble down.
A look or a nod only ought to correct them [ the children] when they do amiss. Locke.
Nations obey my word and wait my nod . Prior. The land of Nod
Nodal adjective Of the nature of, or relating to, a node; as, a nodal point. Nodal line , Nodal point , in a vibrating plate or cord, that line or point which remains at rest while the other parts of the body are in a state of vibration.
[ Latin nodatus
, past participle of nodare
to make knotty, from nodus
knot. See Node
.] Knotted. Nodated hyperbola (Geom.)
, a certain curve of the third order having two branches which cross each other, forming a node.
Nodation noun [ Latin nodatio knottiness.] Act of making a knot, or state of being knotted. [ R.]
Nodder noun One who nods; a drowsy person.
Nodding adjective Curved so that the apex hangs down; having the top bent downward.
[ Middle English nodil
; perhaps from nod
, because the head is the nodding part of the body, or perhaps akin to English knot
; confer Prov. English nod
the nape of the neck.] 1. The head; - - used jocosely or contemptuously.
Come, master, I have a project in my noddle . L'Estrange. 2. The back part of the head or neck.
For occasion . . . turneth a bald noddle , after she hath presented her locks in front, and no hold taken. Bacon.
; plural Noddies
. [ Prob. from nod
to incline the head, either as in assent, or from drowsiness.] 1. A simpleton; a fool. L'Estrange. 2. (Zoology) (a) Any tern of the genus Anous , as A. stolidus . (b) The arctic fulmar ( Fulmarus glacialis ). Sometimes also applied to other sea birds. 3. An old game at cards. Halliwell. 4. A small two-wheeled one-horse vehicle. 5. An inverted pendulum consisting of a short vertical flat spring which supports a rod having a bob at the top; -- used for detecting and measuring slight horizontal vibrations of a body to which it is attached.
[ Latin nodus
; perhaps akin to English knot
. Confer Noose
.] 1. A knot, a knob; a protuberance; a swelling. 2.
Specifically: (a) (Astron.) One of the two points where the orbit of a planet, or comet, intersects the ecliptic, or the orbit of a satellite intersects the plane of the orbit of its primary. (b) (Botany) The joint of a stem, or the part where a leaf or several leaves are inserted. (c) (Dialing) A hole in the gnomon of a dial, through which passes the ray of light which marks the hour of the day, the parallels of the sun's declination, his place in the ecliptic, etc. (d) (Geom.) The point at which a curve crosses itself, being a double point of the curve. See Crunode , and Acnode . (e) (Mech.) The point at which the lines of a funicular machine meet from different angular directions; -- called also knot . W. R. Johnson. (f) (poet.) The knot, intrigue, or plot of a piece. (g) (Medicine) A hard concretion or incrustation which forms upon bones attacked with rheumatism, gout, or syphilis; sometimes also, a swelling in the neighborhood of a joint. Dunglison. (h) (Mus) One of the fixed points of a sonorous string, when it vibrates by aliquot parts, and produces the harmonic tones; nodal line or point. (i) (Zoology) A swelling. Ascending node (Astron.)
, the node at which the body is passing northerly, marked with a symbol called the Dragon's head . Called also northern node .
-- Descending node
, the node at which the body is moving southwardly, called Dragon's tail .
-- Line of nodes
, a straight line joining the two nodes of an orbit.
Nodical adjective Of or pertaining to the nodes; from a node to the same node again; as, the nodical revolutions of the moon. Nodical month
. See Lunar month , under Month .