Dictionary: NEE'DLE-WORK – NEG'A-TO-RY

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Work executed with a needle; or the business of a seamstress. It is used particularly for embroidery.


Worked with needles. Mrs. Butler.


A species of zeolite of a grayish white color. Ure.


Forming crystals like needles.


Something needed or wanted. [Not used.] Shak.

NEEDS, adv. [from neced; Sax. nedes.]

Necessarily; indispensably; generally used with must. A trial at law must needs be innocent in itself. Kettlewell.

NEED'Y, a.

Necessitous; indigent; very poor; distressed by want of the means of living. To relieve the needy and comfort the afflicted, are duties that fall in our way every day. Addison. Spare the blushes of needy merit. Dwight.

NE'ER, adv. [A contraction of Never.]

NEESE, v.i. [neez; G. neesen; D. niezen; Sw. niusa; Dan. nyser; Ar. نَشَعَ nashaa; hence sneeze. Class Ns, No. 30.]

To sneeze. [Obs.] [See Sneeze, which is formed on this word.]


A plant. Sherwood.


A sneezing. [Obs.]

NE-EXEAT-REGNO, n. [Ne exeat regno.]

In English law, a writ to detain a person from going out of the kingdom without a license.

NEF, n.

The name of a church. [Not used. See Nave.]

NE-FAND'OUS, a. [L. nefandus; not to be spoken.]

Not to be named; abominable. Sheldon.

NE-FA'RI-OUS, a. [L. nefarius, from nefas, unlawful, or ne and for, fari, to utter.]

Wicked in the extreme; abominable; atrociously sinful or villainous; detestably vile.


With extreme wickedness; abominably. Milton.


The quality of being nefarious.

NE-GA'TION, n. [L. negatio, from nego, to deny, Sw. neka, Dan. nægter, W. naca, nacâu, nagu, Fr. nier, from L. nego. The sense is to thrust, to stop or repel; for in Italian, negare is to deny, and annegare is to deny, and to drown, to stifle in water; Sp. negar, to deny; annegar, to drown or inundate, Fr. noyer.]

  1. Denial; a declaration that something is not; opposed to affirmation; as, the soul is not matter.
  2. In logic, description by denial, exclusion or exception. Negation is the absence of that which does not belong to a the thing we are speaking of. Watts.
  3. Argument drawn from denial. It may be proved by way of negation, that they came not is from Europe, as having no remainder of the arts, learning and civilities of it. Heylin.

NEG'A-TIVE, a. [Fr. negatif; L. negativus.]

  1. Implying denial or negation; opposed to affirmative, as a negative proposition is that which denies. Mater is not spirit.
  2. Implying absence; opposed to positive. There is a negative way of denying Christ, when we do not acknowledge and confess him. South.
  3. Having the power of stopping or restraining. A negative voice in legislation is a voice or vote to prevent the passing of a law or decree. Negative sign, in algebra, the sign of subtraction, a sign which indicates that the quantity to which it is prefixed is to be subtracted. It is opposed to positive or affirmative; as, ab–n. Negative electricity, according to Dr. Franklin, is a deficiency of the fluid in substance, or less than the substance naturally contains.


  1. A proposition by which something is denied; as, matter has not the power of moving itself.
  2. A word that denies; as, not, no.
  3. In legislation, the right or power of preventing the enaction of a law or decree. The governor has not a negative on the proceedings of the legislature, but each branch has a negative on the other. Negative pregnant, a negation of one thing, implying the affirmation of another.

NEG'A-TIVE, v.t.

  1. To disprove; to prove the contrary. The omission or infrequency of such recitals does not negative the existence of miracles. Paley.
  2. To reject by vote; to refuse to enact or sanction. The senate negatived the bill.
  3. To resist a choice or what is proposed.


Disproved; rejected by vote.


  1. With or by denial; as, he answered negatively. Boyle.
  2. In the form of speech implying the absence of something; opposed to positively. I shall show what this image of God in man is, negatively, by showing wherein it does not consist, and positively, by showing wherein it does consist. South.
  3. Negatively charged or electrified. [See Positively.]


The quality of being negative.


That denies; belonging to negation. [Little used.]