Dictionary: NOTE – NO-TION-AL'I-TY

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NOTE, v.t. [Sax. hnitan.]

To butt; to push with the horns. [Not used.] Ray.


  1. A book in which memorandums are written. Shak.
  2. A book in which notes of hand are registered.

NOT'ED, pp.

  1. Set down in writing.
  2. Observed; noticed.
  3. adj. Remarkable; much known by reputation or report; eminent; celebrated; as, a noted author; a noted commander; a noted traveler.

NOT'ED-LY, adv.

With observation or notice. Shak.


Conspicuousness; eminence; celebrity. Boyle.


Not attracting notice; not conspicuous. Decker.


A state of being noteless. Knowles.

NOT'ER, n.

One who takes notice; an annotator. Gregory.


Worthy of observation or notice. Shak.

NOTH'ING, adv.

In no degree; not at all. Adam, with such counsel nothing sway'd. Milton. In the phrase, nothing worth, the words are transposed; the natural order being, worth nothing.

NOTH'ING, n. [no and thing.]

  1. Not any thing; not any being or existence; a word that denies the existence of anything; non-entity; opposed to something. The world was created from nothing.
  2. Non-existence; a state of annihilation. Shak.
  3. Not any thing; not any particular thing, deed or event. Nothing was done to redeem our character. He thought nothing done while any thing remained to be done. A determination to choose nothing is a determination not to choose the truth. J. M. Mason.
  4. No other thing. Nothing but this will entitle you to God's acceptance. Wake.
  5. No part, portion, quantity or degree. The troops manifested nothing of irresolution in the attack. Yet had his aspect nothing of severe. Dryden.
  6. No importance; no value; no use. Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of naught. Is. xli.
  7. No possession of estate; a low condition. A man that from very nothing is grown to an unspeakable estate. Shak.
  8. A thing of no proportion to something, or of trifling value or advantage. The charge of making the ground, and otherwise, is great, but nothing to the profit. Bacon.
  9. A trifle; a thing of no consideration or importance. 'Tis nothing, says the fool; but, says the fiend, / This nothing, sir, will bring you to your end. Dryden. To make nothing of, to make no difficulty or to consider as trifling, light, or unimportant. We are industrious to preserve our bodies from slavery, but we make nothing of suffering our souls to be slaves to our lusts. Ray.


  1. Nihility; non-existence. Donne.
  2. Nothing; a thing of no value. Hudibras.

NO'TICE, n. [Fr. from L. notitia, from noto or notus.]

  1. Observation by the eye or by the other senses. We take notice of objects passing or standing before us; we take notice of the words of a speaker; we take notice of a peculiar taste of food, or of the smell of an orange, and of our peculiar sensations. Notice then is the act by which we have knowledge of something within the reach of the senses, or the effect of an impression on some of the senses.
  2. Observation by the mind or intellectual power; as, to take notice of a distinction between truth and veracity.
  3. Information; intelligence by whatever means communicated; knowledge given or received; as, I received notice by a messenger or by letter. He gave notice of his arrival. The bell gives notice of the hour of the day. The merchant gives notice that a bill of exchange is not accepted.
  4. A paper that communicates information.
  5. Attention; respectful treatment; civility.
  6. Remark; observation.

NO'TICE, v.t.

  1. To observe; to see. We noticed the conduct of the speaker; we noticed no improper conduct.
  2. To heed; to regard. His conduct was rude, but I did not notice it.
  3. To remark; to mention or make observations on. This plant deserves to be noticed in this place. Tooke. Another circumstance was noticed in connection with the suggestion last discussed. Hamilton.
  4. To treat with attention and civilities; as, to notice stranger.
  5. To observe intellectually.


That may be observed; worthy of observation.

NO'TIC-ED, pp.

Observed; seen; remarked; treated with attention.

NO'TIC-ING, ppr.

Observing; seeing; regarding; remarking on; treating with attention.

NO-TI-FI-CA'TION, n. [See Notify.]

  1. The act of notifying or giving notice; the act of making known, particularly the act of giving official notice or information to the public, or to individuals, corporations, companies or societies, by words, by writing or by other means.
  2. Notice given in words or writing, or by signs.
  3. The writing which communicates information; an advertisement, citation, &c.

NO'TI-FI-ED, pp.

  1. Made known; applied to things. This design of the king was notified to the court of Berlin.
  2. Informed by words, writing or other means; applied persons. The inhabitants of the city have been notified that a meeting is to be held at the State House.

NO'TI-FY, v.t. [Fr. notifier; It. notificare; L. notus, known, and facio, to make.]

  1. To make known; to declare; to publish. The laws of God notify to man his will and our duty.
  2. To make known by private communication; to give information of. The allied sovereigns have notified the Spanish court of their purpose of maintaining legitimate government.
  3. To give notice to; to inform by words or writing, in person or by message, or by any signs which are understood. The constable has notified the citizens to meet at the City Hall. The bell notifies us of the time of meeting. The President of the United States has notified the House of Representatives, that he has approved and signed the act. Journals of the Senate. Note. This application of notify has been condemned, but it is in constant good use in the United States, and in perfect accordance with the use of certify.

NO'TI-FY-ING, ppr.

Making known; giving notice to.

NOT'ING, ppr.

Setting down in writing.

NO'TION, n. [Fr. from L. notio, from notus, known; nosco, to know.]

  1. Conception; mental apprehension of whatever may be known or imagined. We may have a just notion of power, or false notions respecting spirit. Notion and idea are primarily different; idea being the conception of something visible, as the idea of a square or a triangle; and notion the conception of things invisible or intellectual, as the notion we have of spirits. But from negligence in the use of idea, the two words are constantly confounded. What hath been generally agreed on, I content myself to assume under the notion of principles. Newton. Few agree in their notions about these words. Cheyne. That notion of hunger, cold, sound, color, thought, wish or fear, which is in the mind, is called the idea of hunger, cold, &c. Watts.
  2. Sentiment; opinion; as, the extravagant notions they entertain of themselves. Addison.
  3. Sense; understanding; intellectual power. [Not used.] Shak.
  4. Inclination; in vulgar use; as, I have a notion to do this or that.


  1. Imaginary; ideal; existing in idea only; visionary; fantastical. Notional good, by fancy only made. Prior. A notional and imaginary thing. Bentley.
  2. Dealing in imaginary things; whimsical; fanciful; as, a notional man.


Empty ungrounded opinion. [Not used.] Glanville.