Origin of nilL, contr. of nihil
- The definition of nil is something without anything, or zero.
An example of nil is a zero percent chance of rain.
- Nil means nothing.
An example of nil is an empty space.
Origin of nilLatin nīl contraction of nihil ; see ne in Indo-European roots.
- No, not any.
Latin nil (“nothing”)
- Part, along the Shatt-en-Nil, two great storehouses are indicated.
- If the political results of the mission were nil, the value to geographical science was immense; for though no geographer himself, Sadlier's route across Arabia made it possible for the first time to locate the principal places in something like their proper relative positions; incidentally, too, it showed the practicability of a considerable body of regular troops crossing the deserts of Nejd even in the months of July and August.
- Of the ruin mounds of Warka (anc. Erech), near the east bank of the Shatt-en-Nil canal.
- The national debt was practically nil until c. 1855, and the debt contracted thereafter owes its existence almost wholly to railway construction.
- His confession that he had known only twenty happy days in his long reign is perhaps a moral tale, to be classed with the "omnia fui, et nil expedit" of Septimius Severus.