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In mental apprehension; in conception; not in reality. Two faculties notionally or really distinct. Norris.


One who holds to an ungrounded opinion. Bp. Hopkins.

NO-TO-RI'E-TY, n. [Fr. notorieté, from notoire. See Notorious.]

  1. Exposure to the public knowledge; the state of being publicly or generally known; as, the notoriety of a crime.
  2. Public knowledge. They were not subjects in their own nature so exposed to public notoriety. Addison.

NO-TO'RI-OUS, a. [It. and Sp. notorio; Fr. notoire; from Low L. notorius, from notus, known.]

  1. Publicly known; manifest to the world; evident; usually, known to disadvantage; hence almost always used in an ill sense; as, a notorious thief; a notorious crime or vice; a man notorious for lewdness or gaming.
  2. In a good sense. Your goodness, / Since you provoke me, shall be most notorious. Shak.


Publicly; openly; in a manner; to be known or manifest. Swift. Dryden.


The state of being open or known; notoriety. Overbury.

NOTT, a. [Sax. hnot.]

Shorn. [Obs.] Chaucer.

NOTT, v.t.

To shear. [Obs.] Stowe.

NO'TUS, n. [L.]

The south wind. Milton.

NOT'WHEAT, n. [Sax. hnot, smooth, shorn.]

Wheat not bearded. Carew.


The participle of withstand, with not prefixed, and signifying not opposing; nevertheless. It retains in all cases its participial signification. For example, “I will surely rend the kingdom front thee, and will give it to thy servant; notwithstanding, in thy days I will not do it, for David thy father's sake.” 1 Kings xi. In this passage there is an ellipsis of that, after notwithstanding. That refers to the former part of the sentence, I will rend the kingdom from thee; notwithstanding that [declaration or determination,] in thy days I will not do it. In this and in all cases, notwithstanding, either with or without that or this, constitutes the case absolute or independent. “It is a rainy day, but notwithstanding that, the troops must be reviewed;” that is, the rainy day not opposing or preventing. That, in this case, is a substitute for the whole first clause of the sentence. It is to that clause what a relative is to an antecedent noun, and which may be used in the place of it; notwithstanding which, that is, the rainy day. “Christ enjoined on his followers not to publish the cures he wrought; but notwithstanding his injunctions, they proclaimed them.” Here, notwithstanding his injunctions, is the case independent or absolute; the injunctions of Christ not opposing or preventing. This word answers precisely to the Latin non obstante, and both are used with nouns or with substitutes for nouns, for sentences or for clauses of sentences. So in the Latin phrase, hoc non obstante, hoc may refer to a single word, to a sentence or to a series of sentences.

NOUGHT, n. [or a. or adv. a wrong spelling. See Naught.]

NOUL, n. [Sax. hnol.]

The top of the head. [Not in use.] Spenser.


ne would, would not. Spenser.

NOUN, n. [altered from L. nomen, name.]

In grammar, a name; that sound or combination of sounds by which a thing is called, whether material or immaterial. [See Name.]

NOUR'ISH, v.i. [nur'ish.]

  1. To promote growth. Grains and roots nourish more than leaves. [Elliptical.] Bacon.
  2. To gain nourishment. [Unusual.] Bacon.

NOUR'ISH, v.t. [nur'ish; Fr. nourrir; It. nutrire; Sp. and Port. nutrir; from L. nutrio. The G. nähren, Sw. nära, Dan. nærer, to nourish, can not be the same word unless they have lost a dental, which may perhaps be the fact.]

  1. To feed and cause to grow; to supply a living or organized body, animal or vegetable, with matter which increases its bulk or supplies the waste occasioned by any of its functions; to supply with nutriment.
  2. To support; to maintain by feeding. Gen. xlvii. Whilst I in Ireland nourish a mighty band, / I will stir up in England some black storm. Shak.
  3. To supply the means of support and increase; to encourage; as, to nourish rebellion; to nourish the virtues. What madness was it, with such proofs, to nourish their contentions! Hooker.
  4. To cherish; to comfort. James v.
  5. To educate; to instruct; to promote growth in attainments. 1 Tim. iv.

NOUR'ISH-A-BLE, a. [nur'ishahle.]

Susceptible of nourishment; no, the nourishable parts of the body. Grew.

NOUR'ISH-ED, pp. [nur'ished.]

Fed; supplied with nutriment; caused to grow.

NOUR'ISH-ER, n. [nur'isher.]

The person or thing that nourishes. Bacon. Milton.

NOUR'ISH-ING, ppr. [nur'ishing.]

  1. Feeding; supplying with aliment; supporting with food.
  2. adj. Promoting growth; nutritious; as, a nourishing diet.


Nutritively; cherishingly.

NOUR'ISH-MENT, n. [nur'ishment.]

  1. That which serves to promote the growth of animals or plants, or to repair the waste of animal bodies; food; sustenance; nutriment. Newton.
  2. Nutrition; support of animal or vegetable bodies. Blackmore.
  3. Instruction, or that which promotes growth in attainments; as, nourishment and growth in grace. So they may learn to seek the nourishment of their souls. Hooker.