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noth·ing  (nthng)
pron.
1. No thing; not anything: The box contained nothing. Ive heard nothing about it.
2. No part; no portion: Nothing remains of the old house but the cellar hole.
3. One of no consequence, significance, or interest: The new nonsmoking policy is nothing to me.
n.
1. Something that has no existence.
2. Something that has no quantitative value; zero: a score of two to nothing.
3. One that has no substance or importance; a nonentity: A nothing is a dreadful thing to hold onto (Edna OBrien).
adj.
Insignificant or worthless: the utterly nothing role of a wealthy suitor (Bosley Crowther).
adv.
In no way or degree; not at all: She looks nothing like her sister.
Idioms:
for nothing
1. Free of charge.
2. To no avail: all that trouble for nothing.
3. For no reason: fired him for nothing.
in nothing flat
In very little time; very quickly.
nothing doing Informal
Certainly not.

[Middle English, from Old English nthing : n, no; see no2 + thing, thing; see thing.]
Usage Note: According to the traditional rule, nothing is invariably treated as a singular, even when followed by an exception phrase containing a plural noun: Nothing except your fears stands (not stand) in your way. Nothing but roses meets (not meet) the eye. See Usage Note at none.


nothing  /n/  n. 1 [U] not anything: There is nothing to eat in the refrigerator.||She said nothing to me about the problem. 2 [U] the absence of substance (quality, interest, value, etc.): There is nothing in the newspaper (on TV, the radio, etc.) today. 3 [U] s.t. unimportant, insignificant: The item costs nothing, only a few cents. 4 a big nothing: a. an event of expected importance that turns out to be of little significance: The town meeting was a big nothing. b. a person who acts more important than he or she really is: Although he talks as if he owns the company, hes just a big nothing. 5 for nothing: a. without payment: He works weekends at the community center for nothing. b. without achieving anything: Our trip had to be cancelled; we spent all that time planning it for nothing. c. for no money, for a very low price: She bought the house for nothing, because the owner needed to sell it quickly. 6 nothing but: only, (syn.) solely: The company makes nothing but mattresses.||That child is nothing but trouble. 7 nothing doing: a. the absence of any interesting activity: There is nothing doing in town tonight. b. infrml. absolutely not!: Will you loan me $100? Nothing doing! 8 nothing less than or nothing short of: a minimum requirement: Nothing short of bribery will get him to go to the concert tonight; he hates classical music. 9 to have nothing to do with s.o. or s.t.: to avoid completely: She will have nothing to do with her former husband. 10 to make nothing of s.t.: to minimize the importance of s.t., (syn.) to downplay: He spilled tomato sauce on her dress, but she kindly made nothing of it.

Thesaurus: nothing 1 nothing at all | zero, zilch infrml., zip infrml. nothing

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