AskDefine | Define nil

Dictionary Definition

nil n : a quantity of no importance; "it looked like nothing I had ever seen before"; "reduced to nil all the work we had done"; "we racked up a pathetic goose egg"; "it was all for naught"; "I didn't hear zilch about it" [syn: nothing, nix, nada, null, aught, cipher, cypher, goose egg, naught, zero, zilch, zip]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin nil, a contraction of nihil, nihilum (meaning nothing). See nihilism.


  • /nɪl/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪl


  1. Nothing.
    What are the chances of success? Nil.
  2. Zero (used especially in the soccer scores).
    Manchester United beat Arsenal two nil.
  3. (LISP) The atom representing the empty list.


  • Kurdish:
zero (used especially in the soccer scores)
  • Kurdish:
(LISP) atom representing the empty list


  1. No, not any.


  • 1982 But after two or three hours and nil results, you have to accept that the trail is cold and you can't justify that level of manpower. — Conduct of Major Maxim, Gavin Lyall, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd




nil In the context of "Indefinite pronoun":

Extensive Definition

Nil is a word commonly used to mean nothing or zero. See also null.
Specific uses of Nil include:

See also

nil in Danish: Nil
nil in German: Nil (Begriffsklärung)
nil in Finnish: Nolla
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