Nothing meaning

nŭthĭng
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Nothing is defined as no existence, or of no importance.

An example of nothing used as a pronoun is in the sentence, "Nothing is wrong," which means that there are no problems.

pronoun
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No thing; not anything.

The box contained nothing. I've heard nothing about it.

pronoun
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The definition of nothing is the absence of something, or zero.

An example of nothing used as a noun is in the sentence, "There is nothing in the box," which means that the box is empty.

noun
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No part; no portion.

Nothing remains of the old house but the cellar hole.

pronoun
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Nothing means in no way.

An example of nothing used as an adverb is in the phrase "nothing gained," which means that there were no gains.

adverb
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Something that has no existence.
noun
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A thing that does not exist.
noun
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One that has no substance or importance; a nonentity.
noun
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In no way or degree; not at all.

She looks nothing like her sister.

adverb
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Nonexistence; nothingness.
noun
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A naught; zero; cipher.
noun
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Not at all; in no manner or degree.

She looks nothing like her parents.

adverb
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Not any thing; no thing.
pronoun
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An absence of anything, including empty space, brightness, darkness, matter, or a vacuum.
pronoun
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(slang, in double negatives) Anything.

I didn't see nothing. [= I didn't see anything].

pronoun
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Something trifling, or of no consequence or importance.

What happened to your face? "” It's nothing.

noun
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A trivial remark (especially in the term sweet nothings).
noun
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A nobody (insignificant person).

You're nothing to me now!

noun
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(archaic) Not at all; in no way.
adverb
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One of no consequence, significance, or interest.

The new nonsmoking policy is nothing to me.

pronoun
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Something that has no quantitative value; zero.

A score of two to nothing.

noun
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Insignificant or worthless.
adjective
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for nothing
  • Free of charge.
  • To no avail:.
    All that trouble for nothing.
  • For no reason:.
    Fired him for nothing.
idiom
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in nothing flat
  • In very little time; very quickly.
idiom
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nothing doing
  • Certainly not.
idiom
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nothing for it
  • Nothing else to be done; no alternative:.
idiom
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for nothing
  • Free; at no cost.
  • In vain; useless(ly).
  • Without reason.
idiom
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in nothing flat
  • In almost no time at all.
idiom
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make nothing of
  • To treat as of little importance.
  • To fail to understand.
idiom
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nothing but
  • Only; nothing other than.
    nothing but the truth.
idiom
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nothing doing
  • No.
  • No result, accomplishment, etc.
idiom
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nothing if not
  • Decidedly and unmistakably.
    He's nothing if not prompt.
idiom
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nothing less than
  • No less than; just the same as.
idiom
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Origin of nothing

  • Middle English from Old English nāthing no no2 thing thing thing

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • no +"Ž thing

    From Wiktionary