Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Novercal adjective [ Latin novennis of nine years; novem nine + annus year.] Done or recurring every ninth year.
[ French, from Latin novicius
, new, from novus
new. See New
, and confer Novitious
.] 1. One who is new in any business, profession, or calling; one unacquainted or unskilled; one yet in the rudiments; a beginner; a tyro.
I am young; a novice in the trade. Dryden. 2. One newly received into the church, or one newly converted to the Christian faith. 1 Tim. iii. 6. 3. (Eccl.) One who enters a religious house, whether of monks or nuns, as a probationist. Shipley.
No poore cloisterer, nor no novys . Chaucer.
Novice adjective Like a novice; becoming a novice. [ Obsolete]
Noviceship noun The state of being a novice; novitiate.
Novilunar adjective [ Latin novus new + luna the moon.] Of or pertaining to the new moon. [ R.]
Novitiate noun [ Late Latin novitiatus : confer French noviciat .]
1. The state of being a novice; time of initiation or instruction in rudiments. 2. Hence: Time of probation in a religious house before taking the vows. 3. One who is going through a novitiate, or period of probation; a novice. Addison. 4. The place where novices live or are trained. [ R.]
Novitious adjective [ Latin novitius , novicius .] Newly invented; recent; new. [ Obsolete] Bp. Pearson.
Novity noun [ Latin novitas , from novus new.] Newness; novelty. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Novum noun A game at dice, properly called novem quinque (L., nine five), the two principal throws being nine and five. [ Obsolete] Shak.
[ Middle English nou
, Anglo-Saxon nū
; akin to D., Old Saxon , & Old High German nu
, German nu
, Icelandic , nū
, Dan., Swedish , & Goth. nu
, Latin nunc
, Greek ..., ..., Sanskrit nu
. √193. Confer New
.] 1. At the present time; at this moment; at the time of speaking; instantly; as, I will write now .
I have a patient now living, at an advanced age, who discharged blood from his lungs thirty years ago. Arbuthnot. 2. Very lately; not long ago.
They that but now , for honor and for plate, Waller. 3. At a time contemporaneous with something spoken of or contemplated; at a particular time referred to.
Made the sea blush with blood, resign their hate.
The ship was now in the midst of the sea. Matt. xiv. 24. 4. In present circumstances; things being as they are; -- hence, used as a connective particle, to introduce an inference or an explanation.
How shall any man distinguish now betwixt a parasite and a man of honor ? L'Estrange.
Why should he live, now nature bankrupt is ? Shak.
Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now , Barabbas was a robber. John xviii. 40.
The other great and undoing mischief which befalls men is, by their being misrepresented. Now , by calling evil good, a man is misrepresented to others in the way of slander. South. Now and again
, now and then; occasionally.
-- Now and now
, again and again; repeatedly.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
-- Now and then
, at one time and another; indefinitely; occasionally; not often; at intervals.
"A mead here, there a heath, and now and then
a wood." Drayton.
-- Now now
, at this very instant; precisely now.
[ Obsolete] "Why, even now now
, at holding up of this finger, and before the turning down of this." J. Webster (1607).
-- Now . . . now
, alternately; at one time . . . at another time.
master up, now
Now adjective Existing at the present time; present. [ R.] "Our now happiness." Glanvill.
Now noun The present time or moment; the present.
Nothing is there to come, and nothing past; Cowley.
But an eternal now does ever last.
[ For now on
. See A-
, 1.] In these days; at the present time.
What men of spirit, nowadays , Garrick.
Come to give sober judgment of new plays ?
Noway, Noways adverb
, adjective + way.
Confer - wards
.] In no manner or degree; not at all; nowise.
But Ireland will noways allow that name unto it. Fuller.
Nowch noun See Nouch .
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Nowd noun (Zoology) The European gray gurnard ( Trigla gurnardus ). [ Written also knoud .]
[ French noué
, past participle of nouer
to knot, from Latin nodare
. See Nodated
.] (Her.) Knotted; tied in a knot, as a serpent.
[ See Noel
.] [ Written also noël
.] 1. Christmas; also, a shout of joy at Christmas for the birth of the Savior.
[ Obsolete] 2. (Mus.) A kind of hymn, or canticle, of mediæval origin, sung in honor of the Nativity of our Lord; a Christmas carol. Grove.
[ French noyau
, prop., a kernel. See Noyau
a post.] (Founding) (a) The core, or the inner part, of a mold for casting a large hollow object. (b) The bottom part of a mold or of a flask, in distinction from the cope; the drag.
Nowes noun plural
[ From Old French nous
. See Noose
.] The marriage knot.
[ Obsolete] Crashaw.
[ Anglo-Saxon nāhwǣr
. See No
, and Where
.] Not anywhere; not in any place or state; as, the book is nowhere to be found.
Nowhither adverb [ No + whither .] Not anywhither; in no direction; nowhere. [ Archaic] "Thy servant went nowhither ." 2 Kings v. 25.
[ For in no wise
. See Wise
] Not in any manner or degree; in no way; noways.
Others whose case is nowise different. Earle.
Nowt noun plural (Zoology) Neat cattle.
Nowthe See Nouthe .
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ Latin noxius
, from noxa
harm; akin to nocere
to harm, hurt. Confer Nuisance
.] 1. Hurtful; harmful; baneful; pernicious; injurious; destructive; unwholesome; insalubrious; as, noxious air, food, or climate; pernicious; corrupting to morals; as, noxious practices or examples.
Too frequent an appearance in places of public resort is noxious to spiritual promotions. Swift. 2. Guilty; criminal.
Those who are noxious in the eye of the law. Abp. Bramhall. Syn.
-- Noisome; hurtful; harmful; injurious; destructive; pernicious; mischievous; corrupting; baneful; unwholesome; insalubrious. See Noisome
. -- Nox"ious*ly
Noy transitive verb
[ See Annoy
.] To annoy; to vex.
[ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.] Piers Plowman.
All that noyed his heavy spright. Spenser.
Noy noun That which annoys. [ Obsolete] Piers Plowman.
Noyade noun [ French, from noyer to drown, Latin necare to kill.] A drowning of many persons at once, -- a method of execution practiced at Nantes in France during the Reign of Terror, by Jean Baptiste Carrier.
Noyance noun Annoyance. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
[ French, prop., the stone or nut of a fruit, from Latin nucalis
like a nut. See Newel
a post.] A cordial of brandy, etc., flavored with the kernel of the bitter almond, or of the peach stone, etc.
Noyer noun An annoyer. [ Obsolete] Tusser.
Noyful adjective Full of annoyance. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Noyls noun plural See Noils .
Noyous adjective Annoying; disagreeable.
Watch the noyous night, and wait for ... yous day. Spenser.
Nozle noun Nozzle. [ Obsolete]
Nozzle noun [ A dim. of nose . √261] [ Written also nosle .]
1. The nose; the snout; hence, the projecting vent of anything; as, the nozzle of a bellows. 2. Specifically: (a) A short tube, usually tapering, forming the vent of a hose or pipe. (b) A short outlet, or inlet, pipe projecting from the end or side of a hollow vessel, as a steam-engine cylinder or a steam boiler.
Nuance noun [ French] A shade of difference; a delicate gradation.
Nub transitive verb
[ Confer Knob
.] To push; to nudge; also, to beckon.
[ Prov. Eng.]
Nub noun A jag, or snag; a knob; a protuberance; also, the point or gist, as of a story. [ Colloq.]
Nubbin noun A small or imperfect ear of maize. [ Colloq. U. S.]
Nubble transitive verb [ Confer LG. nubben to knock, cuff.] To beat or bruise with the fist. [ Obsolete] Ainsworth.
; plural Nubeculæ
(-lē). [ Latin , dim. of nubes
cloud.] 1. (Astron.) (a) A nebula. (b) plural Specifically, the Magellanic clouds. 2. (Medicine) (a) A slight spot on the cornea. (b) A cloudy object or appearance in urine. Dunglison.
Nubia noun [ From Latin nubes cloud.] A light fabric of wool, worn on the head by women; a cloud.
Nubian adjective Of or pertaining to Nubia in Eastern Africa. -- noun A native of Nubia.
Nubiferous adjective [ Latin nubifer ; nubes cloud + ferre to bear: confer French nubifère .] Bringing, or producing, clouds.
Nubigenous adjective [ Latin nubes cloud + -genous .] Born of, or produced from, clouds. [ R.]
Nubilate transitive verb [ Latin nubilatus , past participle of nubilare to cloud, from nubes cloud.] To cloud. [ Obsolete]
[ Latin nubilis
, from nubere
to marry: confer French nubile
. See Nuptial
.] Of an age suitable for marriage; marriageable. Prior.