Dictionary: NU-GAC'I-TY – NUM'BER-LESS

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NU-GAC'I-TY, n. [L. nugax, from nugæ, trifles.]

Futility; trifling talk or behavior. More. Johnson.

NU-GA'TION, n. [L. nugor, to trifle.]

The act or practice of trifling. [Little used.] Bacon.

NU'GA-TO-RY, a. [L. nugatorius.]

  1. Trifling; vain; futile; insignificant. Bentley.
  2. Of no force; inoperative; ineffectual. The laws are sometimes rendered nugatory by inexecution. Any agreement may be rendered nugatory by something which contravenes its execution.

NUI'SANCE, or NU'SANCE, n. [Fr. nuisance, from nuire, L. noceo, to annoy. Blackstone writes nusance, and it is desirable that his example may be followed.]

  1. That which annoys or gives trouble and vexation; that which is offensive or noxious. A liar is a nuisance to society.
  2. In law, that which incommodes or annoys; something that produces inconvenience or damage. Nuisances are public or private; public, when they annoy citizens in general, as obstructions of the highway; private, when they affect individuals only, as when one man erects a house so near his neighbor's as to throw the water off the roof upon his neighbor's land or house, or to intercept the light that his neighbor before enjoyed. Blackstone.

NUL, a.

In law, signifies no, not any; as, nul disseizin; nil tiel record; nul tort.

NULL, a. [L. nullus.]

Void; of no legal or binding force or validity; of no efficacy; invalid. The contract of a minor is null in law, except for necessaries.

NULL, n.

Something that has no force or meaning. A cipher is called a null. [Not used.] Bacon.

NULL, v.t. [L. nullus; ne and ullus, not any.]

To annul; to deprive of validity; to destroy. [Not much used.] [See Annul.] Milton.


The act of nullifying; a rendering void and of no effect or of no legal effect.

NUL-LI-FID'I-AN, a. [L. nullus, none, and fides, faith.]

Of no faith; of no religion or honesty. [Not used.] Feltham.


Annulled; made void.


One who makes void; one who maintains the right to nullify a contract by one of the parties.

NUL'LI-FY, v.t. [L. nullus, none, and facio, to make.]

To annul; to make void; to render invalid; to deprive of legal force or efficacy. Ames.


Annulling; making void.

NUL'LI-TY, n. [It. nullità; Fr. nullité; from L. nullus.]

  1. Nothingness; want of existence. Bacon.
  2. Want of legal force, validity or efficacy. South.

NUMB, a. [num; Sax. numen, the participle of Sax. niman, Goth. niman, to take, to seize, whence beniman or benyman, to deprive; benum, benumen, stupefied, that is, seized, arrested, held, stopped; D. neemen; G. nehmen. Class Nm, No. 7, 9.]

  1. Torpid; destitute of the power of sensation and motion; as, the fingers or limbs are numb with cold.
  2. Producing numbness; benumbing; as, the numb cold night. [Not used nor proper.] Shak.

NUMB, v.t. [num.]

To make torpid; to deprive of the power of sensation or motion; to deaden; to benumb; to stupefy. For lazy winter numbs the laboring hand. Dryden. And numbing coldness has embraced the ear. Prior.

NUMB-ED, pp. [num'med.]

Rendered torpid.

NUM'BER, n. [Fr. nombre; L. numerus; It. Sp. and Port. numero; Arm. and W. niver; Ir. nuimhir. I know not whether the elements are Nm, or Nb. Probably the radical sense is to speak, name or tell, as our word tell, in the other dialects, is to number. Number may be allied to name, as the Spaniards use nombre for name, and the French word written with the same letters, is number. Class Nm, No. 1.]

  1. The designation of a unit in reference to other units, or in reckoning, counting, enumerating; as, one is the first number; a simple number.
  2. An assemblage of two or more units. Two is a number composed of one and one added. Five and three added make the number eight. Number may be applied to any collection or multitude of units or individuals, and therefore is indefinite, unless defined by other words or by figures or signs of definite signification. Hence,
  3. More than one; many. Ladies are always of great use to the party they espouse, and never fait to win over numbers. Addison.
  4. Multitude. Number itself importeth not much in armies, where the men are of weak courage. Bacon.
  5. In poetry, measure; the order and quantity of syllables constituting feet, which render verse musical to the ear. The harmony of verse consists in the proper distribution of the long and short syllables, with suitable pauses. In oratory, a judicious disposition of words, syllables and cadences constitutes a kind of measure resembling poetic numbers.
  6. Poetry; verse. I lisped in numbers, for the numbers came. Pope. Here the first word numbers may be taken for poetry or verse, and the second for measure. Yet should the Muses bid my numbers roll. Pope.
  7. In grammar, the difference of termination or form of a word, to express unity or plurality. The termination which denotes one or an individual, is the singular number; the termination that denotes two or more individuals or units, constitutes the plural number. Hence we say, a noun, an adjective, a pronoun or a verb is in the singular or the plural number.
  8. In mathematics, number is variously distinguished. Cardinal numbers are those which express the amount of units; as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Ordinal numbers are-those which express order; as first, second, third, fourth, &c. Determinate number, is that referred to a given unit, as a ternary or three; an indeterminate number, is referred to unity in general, and called quantity. Homogeneal numbers, are those referred to the same units; those referred to different units are termed heterogeneal. Whole numbers, are called integers. A rational number, is one commensurable with unity. A number incommensurable with unity, is termed irrational or surd. A prime or primitive number, is divisible only by unity; as three, five, seven, &c. A perfect number, is that whose aliquot parts added together, make the whole number, as 28, whose aliquot parts, 14, 7, 4, 2, 1, make the number 28. An imperfect number, is that whose aliquot parts added together, make more or less than the number. This is abundant or defective; abundant, as 12, whose aliquot parts, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1, make 16; or defective, as 16, whose aliquot parts, 8, 4, 2, 1, make 15 only. A square number, is the product of a number multiplied by itself; as, 16 is the square number of 4. A cubic number, is the product of a square number by its root; as, 27 is the product of the square number 9 by its 3. Encyc. Golden number, the cycle of the moon, or revolution of 19 years, in which time the conjunctions, oppositions and other aspects of the moon are nearly the same as they were on the same days of the month 19 years before.

NUM'BER, v.t. [L. numero.]

  1. To count; to reckon; to ascertain the units of any sum, collection or multitude. If a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Gen. xiii.
  2. To reckon as one of a collection or multitude. He was numbered with the transgressors. Is. liii.


Counted; enumerated.


One that numbers.


Many in number; numerous.


Counting; ascertaining the units of a multitude or collection.


That can not be counted; innumerable. Milton.