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

English

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

  • /nɪl/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪl

Noun

  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.

Translations

nothing
  • Kurdish:
zero (used especially in the soccer scores)
  • Kurdish:
(LISP) atom representing the empty list

Adjective

nil
  1. No, not any.

Quotations

  • 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

Interlingua

Pronunciation

Pronoun

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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