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A tree of the genus Celtis, of which there are several species. The several sorts of nettle-tree have a considerable resemblance to, and near affinity with the elms.


Irritating; vexing.


A complication of threads, twine or cord united at certain distances, forming meshes, interstices or open spaces between the knots or intersections; reticulated or decussated work. Addison.

NEU-RAL'GY, n. [Gr. νευρον, a nerve, and αλγος, pain.]

Pain in the nerves; a peculiar disease.

NEU-RO-LOG'IC-AL, a. [See Neurology.]

Pertaining to neurology, or to a description of the nerves of animals.


One who describes the nerves of animals.

NEU-ROL'O-GY, n. [Gr. νευρον, a nerve, and λογος, discourse.]

A description of the nerves of animal bodies, or the doctrine of the nerves.

NEU'ROP-TER, or NEU-ROP'TE-RA, n. [Gr. νευρον, a nerve, and πτερον, wing.]

The neuropters are an order of insects having four membranous, transparent, naked wings, reticulated with veins, as the dragon fly.


Belonging to the order of neuropters.

NEU'ROS-PAST, n. [Gr. νευροσπαστεω, to draw with strings.]

A puppet; a little figure put in motion. More.

NEU-ROT'IC, a. [Gr. νευρον, a nerve.]

  1. Relating to the nerves; seated in the nerves; as, a neurotic disease.
  2. Useful in disorders of the nerves.


  1. A disease having its seat in the nerves.
  2. A medicine useful in disorders of the nerves. Encyc.

NEU-RO-TOM'IC-AL, a. [See Neurotomy.]

Pertaining the anatomy or dissection of nerves.


One who dissects the nerves.

NEU-ROT'O-MY, n. [Gr. νευρον, a nerve, and τομη, a cutting.]

  1. The dissection of a nerve. Coxe.
  2. The art or practice of dissecting the nerves.

NEU'TER, n.1 [nu'ter; L.; compounded of ne and uter, not either.]

  1. Not adhering to either party; taking no part with either side, either when persons are contending, or questions are discussed. It may be synonymous with indifferent, or it may not. The United States remained neuter during the French revolution, but very few of the people were indifferent as to the success of the parties engaged. A man may be neuter from feeling, and he is then indifferent; but he may be neuter in fact, when he is not in feeling or principle. A judge should be perfectly neuter in feeling, that he may decide with impartiality.
  2. In grammar, of neither gender; an epithet given to nouns that are neither masculine nor feminine; primarily, to nouns which express neither sex.

NEU'TER, n.2

  1. A person that takes no part in a contest between two or more individuals or nations; a person who is either indifferent to the cause, or forbears to interfere.
  2. An animal of neither sex, or incapable of propagation. The working bees are neuters. Ed. Encyc. Neuter verb, in grammar, a verb which expresses an action or state limited to the subject, and which is not followed by an object; as, I go; I sit; I am; I run; I walk. It is better denominated intransitive.

NEU'TRAL, a.1 [Fr. neutre; L. neutralis, from neuter.]

  1. Not engaged on either side; not taking an active part with either of contending parties. It is policy for a nation to be neutral when other nations are at war. Belligerents often; obtain supplies from neutral states.
  2. Indifferent; having no bias in favor of either side or party.
  3. Indifferent; neither very good nor bad. Some things good, and some things ill do seem, And neutral some in her fantastic eye. Davies. Neutral salt, in chimistry, a salt composed of an equal number of equivalents, both of acid and base; a salt in which none of the properties, either of the acid or base, are perceptible.


In botany, a proposed English substitute for neuter. Having neither stamens nor pistils.


A person or nation that takes no part in a contest between others. The neutral, as far as his commerce extends, becomes a party in the war. R. G. Harper.


A neutral. [Little used.]


  1. The state of being unengaged in disputes or contests between others; the state of taking no part on either side. States often arm to maintain their neutrality.
  2. A state of indifference in feeling or principle.
  3. Indifference in quality; a state neither very good nor evil. [Little used.] Donne.
  4. A combination of neutral powers or states; as, the armed neutrality.

NEU-TRAL-I-ZA'TION, n. [from neutralize.]

  1. The act of neutralizing or destroying the peculiar properties of a body by combination with another body or substance.
  2. The act of reducing to a state of indifference or neutrality.


  1. To render neutral; to reduce to a state of indifference between different parties or opinions.
  2. In chemistry, to destroy or render inert or imperceptible the peculiar properties of a body by combining it with a different substance. Thus to neutralize acids and alkalies is to combine them in such proportions that the compound will not exhibit the qualities of either.
  3. To destroy the peculiar properties or opposite dispositions of parties or other things, or reduce them to a state of indifference or inactivity; as, to neutralize parties in government; to neutralize opposition. The benefits of universities – neutralized by moral evils. Ch. Obs. A cloud of counter citations that neutralize each other. R. Everett.


Reduced to neutrality or indifference.