Hypertext Webster Gateway: "neuter"

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

Neuter \Neu"ter\, n.
1. A person who takes no part in a contest; one who is either
indifferent to a cause or forbears to interfere; a

The world's no neuter; it will wound or save.

2. (Gram.)
(a) A noun of the neuter gender; any one of those words
which have the terminations usually found in neuter
(b) An intransitive verb.

3. (Biol.) An organism, either vegetable or animal, which at
its maturity has no generative organs, or but imperfectly
developed ones, as a plant without stamens or pistils, as
the garden Hydrangea; esp., one of the imperfectly
developed females of certain social insects, as of the ant
and the common honeybee, which perform the labors of the
community, and are called workers.

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

Neuter \Neu"ter\, a. [L., fr. ne not + uter whether; akin to E.
whether. See {No}, and {Whether}, and cf. {Neither}.]
1. Neither the one thing nor the other; on neither side;
impartial; neutral. [Archaic]

In all our undertakings God will be either our
friend or our enemy; for Providence never stands
neuter. --South.

2. (Gram.)
(a) Having a form belonging more especially to words which
are not appellations of males or females; expressing
or designating that which is of neither sex; as, a
neuter noun; a neuter termination; the neuter gender.
(b) Intransitive; as, a neuter verb.

3. (Biol.) Having no generative organs, or imperfectly
developed ones; sexless. See {Neuter}, n., 3.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: of grammatical gender; "`it' is the third-person singular
neuter pronoun" [ant: {masculine}, {feminine}]
2: having no or imperfectly developed or nonfunctional sex
organs [syn: {sexless}]
n : a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to
inanimate objects (neither masculine nor feminine)
v : castrate, used with animals; "Is your dog neutered?" [syn: {alter},

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