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Nul adjective [ French See Null , adjective ] (Law) No; not any; as, nul disseizin; nul tort.

Null adjective [ Latin nullus not any, none; ne not + ullus any, a dim. of unus one; confer French nul . See No , and One , and confer None .] Of no legal or binding force or validity; of no efficacy; invalid; void; nugatory; useless.

Faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null ,
Dead perfection; no more.
Tennyson.

Null noun
1. Something that has no force or meaning.

2. That which has no value; a cipher; zero. Bacon.

Null method (Physics.) , a zero method. See under Zero .

Null transitive verb [ From null , adjective , or perhaps abbrev. from annul .] To annul. [ Obsolete] Milton.

Null noun [ Etymol. uncertain.] One of the beads in nulled work.

Nullah noun [ Hind. nālā , from Sanskrit nāla tube.] A water course, esp. a dry one; a gully; a gorge; -- orig. an East Indian term. E. Arnold.

Nulled adjective Turned so as to resemble nulls.

Nulled work (Cabinetwork) , ornamental turned work resembling nulls or beads strung on a rod.

Nullibiety noun [ Latin nullibi nowhere.] The state or condition of being nowhere. [ Obsolete]

Nullification noun [ Latin nullificatio contempt. See Nullify .] The act of nullifying; a rendering void and of no effect, or of no legal effect.

Right of nullification (U. S. Hist.), the right claimed in behalf of a State to nullify or make void, by its sovereign act or decree, an enactment of the general government which it deems unconstitutional.

Nullifidian adjective [ Latin nullus none + fide... faith.] Of no faith; also, not trusting to faith for salvation; -- opposed to solifidian . Feltham.

Nullifidian noun An unbeliever. B. Jonson.

Nullifier noun One who nullifies or makes void; one who maintains the right to nullify a contract by one of the parties.

Nullify transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Nullified ; present participle & verbal noun Nullifying .] [ Latin nullificare ; nullus none + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Null , adjective , and -fy .] To make void; to render invalid; to deprive of legal force or efficacy.

Such correspondence would at once nullify the conditions of the probationary system.
I. Taylor.

Syn. -- To abrogate; revoke; annul; repeal; invalidate; cancel. See Abolish .

Nullipore noun [ Latin nullus none + porus pope.] (Botany) A name for certain crustaceous marine algæ which secrete carbonate of lime on their surface, and were formerly thought to be of animal nature. They are now considered corallines of the genera Melobesia and Lithothamnion .

Nullity noun ; plural Nullities . [ Late Latin nullitias , from Latin nullus none: confer French nullité . See Null .]


1. The quality or state of being null; nothingness; want of efficacy or force.

2. (Law) Nonexistence; as, a decree of nullity of marriage is a decree that no legal marriage exists.

3. That which is null.

Was it not absurd to say that the convention was supreme in the state, and yet a nullity ?
Macaulay.

Numb adjective [ Middle English nume , nome , prop., seized, taken, past participle of nimen to take, Anglo-Saxon niman , past participle numen . √7. See Nimble , Nomad , and confer Benumb .]


1. Enfeebled in, or destitute of, the power of sensation and motion; rendered torpid; benumbed; insensible; as, the fingers or limbs are numb with cold. "A stony image, cold and numb ." Shak.

2. Producing numbness; benumbing; as, the numb , cold night. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Numb transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Numbed ; present participle & verbal noun Numbing .] To make numb; to deprive of the power of sensation or motion; to render senseless or inert; to deaden; to benumb; to stupefy.

For lazy winter numbs the laboring hand.
Dryden.

Like dull narcotics, numbing pain.
Tennyson.

Numbedness noun Numbness. [ Obsolete] Wiseman.

Number noun [ Middle English nombre , French nombre , Latin numerus ; akin to Greek ... that which is dealt out, from ... to deal out, distribute. See Numb , Nomad , and confer Numerate , Numero , Numerous .]
1. That which admits of being counted or reckoned; a unit, or an aggregate of units; a numerable aggregate or collection of individuals; an assemblage made up of distinct things expressible by figures.

2. A collection of many individuals; a numerous assemblage; a multitude; many.

Ladies are always of great use to the party they espouse, and never fail to win over numbers .
Addison.

3. A numeral; a word or character denoting a number; as, to put a number on a door.

4. Numerousness; multitude.

Number itself importeth not much in armies where the people are of weak courage.
Bacon.

5. The state or quality of being numerable or countable.

Of whom came nations, tribes, people, and kindreds out of number .
2 Esdras iii. 7.

6. Quantity, regarded as made up of an aggregate of separate things.

7. That which is regulated by count; poetic measure, as divisions of time or number of syllables; hence, poetry, verse; -- chiefly used in the plural.

I lisped in numbers , for the numbers came.
Pope.

8. (Gram.) The distinction of objects, as one, or more than one (in some languages, as one, or two, or more than two), expressed (usually) by a difference in the form of a word; thus, the singular number and the plural number are the names of the forms of a word indicating the objects denoted or referred to by the word as one, or as more than one.

9. (Math.) The measure of the relation between quantities or things of the same kind; that abstract species of quantity which is capable of being expressed by figures; numerical value.

Abstract number , Abundant number , Cardinal number , etc. See under Abstract , Abundant , etc. -- In numbers , in numbered parts; as, a book published in numbers .

Number transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Numbered ; p. pr & verbal noun Numbering .] [ Middle English nombren , noumbren , French nombrer , from Latin numerare , numeratum . See Number , noun ]


1. To count; to reckon; to ascertain the units of; to enumerate.

If a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered .
Gen. xiii. 16.

2. To reckon as one of a collection or multitude.

He was numbered with the transgressors.
Is. liii. 12.

3. To give or apply a number or numbers to; to assign the place of in a series by order of number; to designate the place of by a number or numeral; as, to number the houses in a street, or the apartments in a building.

4. To amount; to equal in number; to contain; to consist of; as, the army numbers fifty thousand.

Thy tears can not number the dead.
Campbell.

Numbering machine , a machine for printing consecutive numbers, as on railway tickets, bank bills, etc.

Syn. -- To count; enumerate; calculate; tell.

Numberer noun One who numbers.

Numberful adjective Numerous. [ Obsolete]

Numberless adjective Innumerable; countless.

Numberous adjective Numerous. [ Obsolete] Drant.

Numbers noun plural of Number . The fourth book of the Pentateuch, containing the census of the Hebrews.

Numbfish noun (Zoology) The torpedo, which numbs by the electric shocks which it gives.

Numbless noun plural See Nombles .

Numbness noun The condition of being numb; that state of a living body in which it loses, wholly or in part, the power of feeling or motion.

Numerable adjective [ Latin numerabilis . See Number , transitive verb ] Capable of being numbered or counted.

Numeral adjective [ Latin numeralis , from numerus number: confer French numéral . See Number , noun ]


1. Of or pertaining to number; consisting of number or numerals.

A long train of numeral progressions.
Locke.

2. Expressing number; representing number; as, numeral letters or characters, as X or 10 for ten.

Numeral noun
1. A figure or character used to express a number; as, the Arabic numerals , 1, 2, 3, etc.; the Roman numerals , I, V, X, L, etc.

2. A word expressing a number.

Numerally adverb According to number; in number; numerically.

Numerary adjective [ Late Latin numerarius : confer French numéraire .] Belonging to a certain number; counting as one of a collection or body.

A supernumerary canon, when he obtains a prebend, becomes a numerary canon.
Ayliffe.

Numerate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Numerated ; present participle & verbal noun Numerating .] [ Latin numeratus , past participle of numerare to count. See Number , v. ] (Arith.) To divide off and read according to the rules of numeration; as, to numerate a row of figures.

Numeration noun [ Latin numeratio a counting out: confer French numération .]
1. The act or art of numbering.

Numeration is but still the adding of one unit more, and giving to the whole a new name or sign.
Locke.

2. The act or art of reading numbers when expressed by means of numerals. The term is almost exclusively applied to the art of reading numbers written in the scale of tens, by the Arabic method. Davies & Peck.

» For convenience in reading, numbers are usually separated by commas into periods of three figures each, as 1,155,465. According to what is called the "English" system, the billion is a million of millions, a trillion a million of billions, and each higher denomination is a million times the one preceding. According to the system of the French and other Continental nations and also that of the United States, the billion is a thousand millions, and each higher denomination is a thousand times the preceding.

Numerative adjective Of or pertaining to numeration; as, a numerative system. Eng. Cyc.

Numerator noun [ Latin numerator : confer French numérateur .]


1. One who numbers.

2. (Math.) The term in a fraction which indicates the number of fractional units that are taken.

» In a vulgar fraction the numerator is written above a line; thus, in the fraction &frac59; (five ninths) 5 is the numerator; in a decimal fraction it is the number which follows the decimal point. See Fraction .

Numeric noun (Math.) Any number, proper or improper fraction, or incommensurable ratio. The term also includes any imaginary expression like m + n√- 1 , where m and n are real numerics .

Numeric, Numerical adjective [ Confer French numérique . See Number , noun ]


1. Belonging to number; denoting number; consisting in numbers; expressed by numbers, and not letters; as, numerical characters; a numerical equation; a numerical statement.

» Numerical , as opposed to algebraical , is used to denote a value irrespective of its sign; thus, -5 is numerically greater than -3, though algebraically less.

2. The same in number; hence, identically the same; identical; as, the same numerical body. [ Obsolete] South.

Would to God that all my fellow brethren, which with me bemoan the loss of their books, . . . might rejoice for the recovery thereof, though not the same numerical volumes.
Fuller.

Numerical equation (Alg.) , an equation which has all the quantities except the unknown expressed in numbers; -- distinguished from literal equation . -- Numerical value of an equation or expression, that deduced by substituting numbers for the letters, and reducing.

Numerically adverb In a numerical manner; in numbers; with respect to number, or sameness in number; as, a thing is numerically the same, or numerically different.

Numerist noun One who deals in numbers. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.

Numero noun [ Italian , or French numéro ; both from Latin numerus number.] Number; -- often abbrev. No.

Numerosity noun [ Latin numerositas .]


1. The state of being numerous; numerousness. [ Obsolete]

2. Rhythm; harmony; flow. [ Obsolete]

The numerosity of the sentence pleased the ear.
S. Parr.

Numerous adjective [ Latin numerosus . See Number .]


1. Consisting of a great number of units or individual objects; being many; as, a numerous army.

Such and so numerous was their chivalry.
Milton.

2. Consisting of poetic numbers; rhythmical; measured and counted; melodious; musical. [ Obsolete]

Such prompt eloquence
Flowed from their lips, in prose or numerous verse.
Milton.

-- Nu"mer*ous*ly , adverb -- Nu"mer*ous*ness , noun

Numidian adjective Of or pertaining to ancient Numidia in Northern Africa.

Numidian crane . (Zoology) See Demoiselle , 2.

Numismatic, Numismatical adjective [ Latin numisma , nomisma , a piece of money, coin, from Greek ... anything sanctioned by usage, the current coin, from ... to introduce a custom, or usage, from ... a custom, or usage, from ... to distribute, assign: confer French numismatique . See Nomad .] Of or pertaining to coins; relating to the science of coins or medals.

Numismatics noun [ Confer French numismatique .] The science of coins and medals.

Numismatist noun One skilled in numismatics; a numismatologist.

Numismatography noun [ Latin numisma , -atis (Gr. ...) + -graphy .] A treatise on, or description of, coins and medals.

Numismatologist noun One versed in numismatology.