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That which neutralizes; that which destroys, disguises or renders inert the peculiar properties of a body.


Having the quality of rendering neutral.


Destroying or rendering inert the peculiar properties of a substance; reducing to indifference or inactivity.


Without taking part with either side; indifferently.


The tint or purple hue which instant hills assume.

NEV'ER, adv. [Sax. næfre; ne, not, and æfre, ever.]

  1. Not ever; not at any time; at no time. It refers to the past or the future. This man was never at Calcutta; he will never be there.
  2. It has a particular use in the following sentences, Ask me never so much dower and gift. Gen. xxxiv. Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. Ps. lviii. A fear of battery, – though never so well grounded, is no duress. Blackstone. This is genuine English use of never, found in our Saxon authors, and it ought to be retained. “Ask me so much dower as never was done;” that is, dower to any extent. The practice of using ever in such phrases is corrupt. It not only destroys the force but the propriety of the phrase. Burke. Camden. Washington. Goldsmith. Hooke.
  3. In no degree; not. Whoever has a friend to guide him, may carry his eyes in another man's head, and yet see never the worse. South.
  4. It is used for not. He answered him never a word; that is, not ever. This use is not common.
  5. It is much used in composition; as, in never-ending, never-failing, never-dying, never-ceasing, never-fading; but in all such compounds, never retains its true meaning.


Having no cessation or pause.


Never satisfied. Kirby.

NEV-ER-THE-LESS', [comp. of never, the and less.]

Not the less; notwithstanding; that is, in opposition to any thing, or without regarding it. “It rained, nevertheless we proceeded on our journey;” we did not the less proceed on our journey; we proceeded in opposition to the rain, without regarding it, or without being prevented.


Never enduring weariness. Verplanck.

NEW, a. [Sax. neow; D. nieuw; G. neu; Sw. and Dan. ny; L. novus; It. nuovo; Sp. nuevo; Gr. νεος; Fr. neuf; Arm. nevez; Ir. nua, nuadh; W. newyz; Russ. novie; Hindoo, nava, nou; Sans. nawa; Pers. نَوْ nau.]

  1. Lately made, invented, produced or come into being; that has existed a short time only; recent in origin; novel; opposed to old, and used of things; as, a new coat; a new home; a new book; a new fashion; a new theory; the new chimistry; a new discovery.
  2. Lately introduced to our knowledge; not before known recently discovered; as, a new metal; a new species of animals or plants found in foreign countries; the new continent.
  3. Modern; not ancient.
  4. Recently produced by change; as, a new life. Put on the new man. Eph. iv.
  5. Not habituated; not familiar; unaccustomed. Heretics and such as instill their poison into new minds. Hooker. New to the plow, unpracticed in the trace. Pope.
  6. Renovated; repaired so as to recover the first state. Men, after long emaciating diets, wax plump, fat, and almost new. Bacon.
  7. Fresh after any event. New from her sickness to that northern air. Dryden.
  8. Not of ancient extraction or a family of ancient distinction. By superior capacity and extensive knowledge, a new man often mounts to favor. Addison.
  9. Not before used; strange; unknown. They shall speak with new tongues. Mark xvi.
  10. Recently commenced; as, the new year.
  11. Having passed the change or conjunction with the sun as, the new moon.
  12. Not cleared and cultivated, or lately cleared; as, new land. America.
  13. That has lately appeared for the first time; as, a new star. New is much used in composition to qualify other words, an always bears its true sense of late, recent, novel, fresh; as in new-born, new-made, new-grown, new-formed, new-found. In this use, new may be considered as adverbial, or as a part of the compound.

NEW, v.t.

To make new. [Not used.] Cowel.


Recently born. 1 Pet. ii.


Fresh from the mint; newly formed.


One who has lately come. Irving.

NEW'EL, n.

  1. In architecture, the upright post about which are formed winding stairs, or a cylinder of stone formed by the end of the steps of the winding stairs.
  2. Novelty. [Not used.] Spenser.

NEW'EST, a. [superl.]

Most new; most recently introduced.


Newly made. Burke.


Newly fancied.

NEW-FANG'LED, a. [new and fangle.]

New made; formed with the affectation of novelty; in contempt. Newfangled devices. Atterbury.


Vain or affected fashion or form. Sidney. Carew.


Made in a new form, or lately come into fashion.


Newly discovered.


Yeast or barm. Ainsworth.


Newly invented.