Dictionary: NOI'ANCE – NO-MAD'IC

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NOI'ANCE, n. [See Annoy.]

Annoyance; trouble; mischief; inconvenience. [Not used.] Shak.

NOIE, or NOI'ER, v.

[or n. or NOI'OUS, a. For Annoy, Annoyer, or troublesome, are not in use. Tusser.

NOISE, n. [noiz; Fr. noise, strife, squabble, dispute; Arm. noes. Class Ns, Ar. 11, Syr. 24, and L. noxa, noxia. Class Ng, No. 23.]

  1. Sound of any kind, or proceeding from any cause, as the sound made by the organs of speech, by the wings of an insect, the rushing of the wind, or the roaring of the sea, of cannon or thunder, a low sound, a high sound, &c.; a word of general signification.
  2. Outcry; clamor; loud, importunate or continued talk expressive of boasting, complaint or quarreling. In quarreling, it expresses less than uproar. What noise have we about transplantation of diseases and transfusion of blood? Baker.
  3. Frequent talk; much public conversation. Socrates lived in Athens during the great plague which has made so much noise in all ages, and never caught the least infection. Spectator.

NOISE, v.i. [noiz.]

To sound loud. Harm those terrors did me none, though noising loud. Milton.

NOISE, v.t. [noiz.]

  1. To spread by rumor or report. All these sayings were noised abroad. Luke i.
  2. To disturb with noise. [Not authorized.] Dryden.

NOIS'ED, pp. [s as z.]

Spread by report; much talked of.

NOISE'FUL, a. [noiz'ful.]

Loud; clamorous; making much noise or talk. Dryden.

NOISE'LESS, a. [noiz'less.]

Making no noise or bustle; silent; as, the noiseless foot of time. Shak. So noiseless would I live. Dryden.


Without noise; silently.


A state of silence.

NOISE'MAK-ER, n. [noiz'maker.]

One who makes a clamor. L'Estrange.

NOIS'I-LY, adv. [noiz'ily.]

With noise; with making a noise.

NOIS'I-NESS, n. [noiz'iness.]

The state of being noisy; loudness of sound; clamorousness.

NOIS'ING, ppr. [noiz'ing.]

Spreading by report.

NOI'SOME, a. [noi'sum; Norm. noisife; It. nocivo, noioso. This word is formed with the Teutonic some, united with the It. noiare, Fr. nuire, nuisant, from the L. noxa, noceo, to hurt. Class Ng.]

  1. Noxious to health; hurtful; mischievous; unwholesome; insalubrious; destructive; as, noisome winds; noisome effluvia or miasmata; noisome pestilence. Milton. Dryden.
  2. Noxious; injurious.
  3. Offensive to the smell or other senses; disgusting; fetid. Foul breath is noisome. Shak.


With a fetid stench; with an infectious steam.


Offensiveness to the smell; quality that disgusts. South.

NOIS'Y, a. [noi'zy. from noise.]

  1. Making a loud sound.
  2. Clamorous; turbulent; as, the noisy crowd.
  3. Full of noise. O leave the noisy town. Dryden.

NOLENS-VOLENS, a. [Nolens volens; L.]

Unwilling or willing; whether he will or not.

NO'LI-ME-TAN'GE-RE, n. [L. touch me not.]

  1. A plant of the genus Impatiens, called also balsamine; also, a plant of the genus Momordica, or Ecbalium, one species of which is culled the wild or spurting cucumber.. Encyc.
  2. Among physicians, an ulcer or cancer, a species of herpes. Coxe.

NO-LI'TION, n. [L. nolo, that is, ne volo, I will not.]

Unwillingness; opposed to volition. [Little used.] Hale.

NOLL, n. [Sax. hnol, cnoll, knoll.]

The head; the noddle. [Not used.]

NOLLE-PROSEQUI, n. [Nolle prosequi.]

In law, these words denote that a plaintif or attorney for the public withdraws a suit.

NO'MAD, n. [Gr. νομας, νομαδος, living on pasturage, from νεμω, to distribute or divide, to feed. This verb is connected with νεμος, L. nemus, a wood, a place overgrown with trees, and also a pasture, the primary sense of which is probably to spring or shoot, for the verb νεμω signifies among other things, to leap, to dance, and may be allied to Eng. nimble. Cattle originally subsisted by browsing, as they still do in new settlements.]

One who leads a wandering life, and subsists by tending herds of cattle which graze on herbage of spontaneous growth. Such is the practice at this day in the central and northern parts of Asia, and the Numidians in Africa are supposed to have been so called from this practice. Tooke. Encyc.

NO-MAD'IC, a. [Gr. νομαδικος.]

Pastoral; subsisting by the tending of cattle, and wandering for the sake of pasturage; as, the nomadic tribes of Asia.