Hypertext Webster Gateway: "nothing"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Nothing \Noth"ing\, adv.
In no degree; not at all; in no wise.

Adam, with such counsel nothing swayed. --Milton.

The influence of reason in producing our passions is
nothing near so extensive as is commonly believed.

{Nothing off} (Naut.), an order to the steersman to keep the
vessel close to the wind.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Nothing \Noth"ing\, n. [From no, a. + thing.]
1. Not anything; no thing (in the widest sense of the word
thing); -- opposed to {anything} and {something}.

Yet had his aspect nothing of severe. --Dryden.

2. Nonexistence; nonentity; absence of being; nihility;
nothingness. --Shak.

3. A thing of no account, value, or note; something
irrelevant and impertinent; something of comparative
unimportance; utter insignificance; a trifle.

Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought.
--Is. xli. 24.

'T is nothing, says the fool; but, says the friend,
This nothing, sir, will bring you to your end.

4. (Arith.) A cipher; naught.

{Nothing but}, only; no more than. --Chaucer.

{To make nothing of}.
(a) To make no difficulty of; to consider as trifling or
important. ``We are industrious to preserve our bodies
from slavery, but we make nothing of suffering our
souls to be slaves to our lusts.'' --Ray.
(b) Not to understand; as, I could make nothing of what he

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : a quantity of no importance; "it looked like nothing I had
ever seen before"; "reduced to nil all the work we had
done"; "we racked up a pathetic goose egg"; "it was all
for naught"; "I didn't hear zilch about it" [syn: {nil},
{nix}, {nada}, {null}, {aught}, {cipher}, {cypher}, {goose
egg}, {naught}, {zero}, {zilch}, {zip}]

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