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Neu·tral

 (no͞o′trəl, nyo͞o′-)
n. pl. Neutral or Neu·trals
A member of a confederacy of Iroquoian-speaking Native American peoples formerly inhabiting the northern shore of Lake Erie. The Neutral were destroyed by the Iroquois in the mid-1600s.

neu·tral

 (no͞o′trəl, nyo͞o′-)
adj.
1. Not aligned with, supporting, or favoring either side in a war, dispute, or contest.
2. Belonging to neither side in a controversy: on neutral ground.
3. Belonging to neither kind; not one thing or the other.
4. Sexless; neuter.
5. Chemistry
a. Of or relating to a solution or compound that is neither acidic nor alkaline.
b. Of or relating to a compound that does not ionize in solution.
6. Physics
a. Of or relating to a particle, an object, or a system that has neither positive nor negative electric charge.
b. Of or relating to a particle, object, or system that has a net electric charge of zero.
7. Of or indicating a color, such as gray, black, or white, that lacks hue; achromatic.
8. Linguistics Pronounced with the tongue in a middle position, neither high nor low, as the a in around.
n.
1.
a. A nation nonaligned with either side in a war.
b. A citizen of such a nation.
2. One who takes no side in a controversy: "I am by disposition one of life's neutrals, a human Switzerland" (John Gregory Dunne).
3. A neutral hue.
4. A position in which a set of gears is disengaged so that power cannot be transmitted.

[Middle English neuteral, from Old French neutral, from Latin neutrālis, grammatically neuter, from neuter, neutr-; see neuter.]

neu′tral·ly adv.

neutral

(ˈnjuːtrəl)
adj
1. not siding with any party to a war or dispute
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, belonging to, or appropriate to a neutral party, country, etc: neutral land.
3. of no distinctive quality, characteristics, or type; indifferent
4. (General Physics) (of a colour such as white or black) having no hue; achromatic
5. (of a colour) dull, but harmonizing with most other colours
6. (Biology) a less common term for neuter2
7. (Chemistry) chem neither acidic nor alkaline
8. (General Physics) physics having zero charge or potential
9. (General Physics) rare having no magnetism
10. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics (of a vowel) articulated with the tongue relaxed in mid-central position and the lips midway between spread and rounded: the word "about" begins with a neutral vowel.
n
11. a neutral person, nation, etc
12. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a citizen of a neutral state
13. (Mechanical Engineering) the position of the controls of a gearbox that leaves the transmission disengaged
[C16: from Latin neutrālis; see neuter]
ˈneutrally adv

neu•tral

(ˈnu trəl, ˈnyu-)

adj.
1. not taking part or giving assistance in a dispute or war between others: a neutral nation.
2. not aligned with or supporting any side or position in a controversy.
3. of or belonging to a neutral state or party: neutral territory.
4. of no particular kind, characteristics, etc.; indefinite: a neutral personality.
5. (of a color or shade)
a. without hue; achromatic.
b. matching well with many or most other colors or shades, as white or beige.
6. exhibiting neither acid nor alkaline qualities: neutral salts.
7.
a. (of a particle) having no electric charge.
b. (of an atom, molecule, or collection of particles) having no net electric charge.
c. not magnetized.
8. (of a vowel) pronounced with the tongue relaxed in a central position, as the a in alive.
n.
9. a person or nation that is neutral.
10. a citizen of a neutral nation during a war.
11. the position or state of disengaged gears or other interconnecting parts.
12. a neutral color.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin neutrālis grammatically neuter. See neuter, -al1]
neu′tral•ly, adv.
neu′tral•ness, n.

neu·tral

(no͞o′trəl)
1. Neither acid nor alkaline.
2. Having positive electric charges exactly balanced by negative electric charges.

neutral

In combat and combat support operations, an identity applied to a track whose characteristics, behavior, origin, or nationality indicate that it is neither supporting nor opposing friendly forces. See also hostile; suspect; unknown.

neutral

Describes a solution whose pH is 7. It is neither acidic nor alkaline.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.neutral - one who does not side with any party in a war or dispute
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
fence-sitter - a person who won't take sides in a controversy
stakeholder - someone entrusted to hold the stakes for two or more persons betting against one another; must deliver the stakes to the winner
Adj.1.neutral - having no personal preference; "impersonal criticism"; "a neutral observer"
nonsubjective, objective - undistorted by emotion or personal bias; based on observable phenomena; "an objective appraisal"; "objective evidence"
2.neutral - having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive; "inert matter"; "an indifferent chemical in a reaction"
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
unreactive - (chemistry) not reacting chemically
3.neutral - not supporting or favoring either side in a war, dispute, or contest
nonaligned - not affiliated with any faction, party, or cause
4.neutral - possessing no distinctive quality or characteristics
negative - characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features; "a negative outlook on life"; "a colorless negative personality"; "a negative evaluation"; "a negative reaction to an advertising campaign"
positive - characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.; "a positive attitude"; "the reviews were all positive"; "a positive benefit"; "a positive demand"
5.neutral - having no hue; "neutral colors like black or white"
colorless, colourless - weak in color; not colorful
6.neutral - lacking distinguishing quality or characteristics; "a neutral personality that made no impression whatever"
colorless, colourless - lacking in variety and interest; "a colorless and unimaginative person"; "a colorless description of the parade"
7.neutral - having no net electric charge
uncharged - of a particle or body or system; having no charge; "an uncharged particle"; "an uncharged battery"

neutral

adjective
2. expressionless, dull, blank, deadpan, toneless He told her about the death, describing the events in as neutral a manner as he could.
3. uncontroversial or noncontroversial, safe, harmless, innocuous, inoffensive, unobjectionable, unprovocative Stick to talking about neutral subjects on your first meeting.
4. colourless, achromatic I tend to wear neutral colours like grey and beige.

neutral

adjective
1. Not inclining toward or actively taking either side in a matter under dispute:
Idiom: on the fence.
2. Feeling or showing no strong emotional involvement:
3. Without definite or distinctive characteristics:
Translations
حِيَاديّحِيَادِيٌّمُحايِدمُحايِد: غَيْر مُشْتَرِك في الحَرْبمُحايِد: لا سالِب ولا موجَب
neutrálneutrální
frigearneutralneutralistupartisk
puolueetonpuolueeton henkilö / valtio
lerneutralan
semlegessemleges ország
hlutlaushlutlaus aîilihlutlaus gír, frígíróhlaîinnsem stingur ekki í stúf
中立の中立国
중립중립의
neįelektrintasneutrali valstybėneutralioji padėtisneutralios valstybės pilietisneutralitetas
neitrāla valstsneitrālas valsts pilsonisneitrālsneitrāls stāvoklisneizteikts
neutrálneutrálna polohaneutrálny
nevtralecnevtralenprosti tek
neutralneutral person
เกียร์ว่างที่เป็นกลาง
tarafsızyansızyüksüzboştaçarpıcı olmayan
số khôngtrung lập

neutral

[ˈnjuːtrəl]
A. ADJ
1. (= impartial) [person, country, opinion] → neutral
to remain neutralpermanecer neutral
2. (= not controversial) [language, term] → neutro
I kept my questions neutralel tono de mis preguntas era neutro
3. (= unemotional) [manner, expression, voice] → neutro
4. (= indistinct) [shade, colour, accent] → neutro
neutral shoe creambetún m incoloro
5. (Elec, Chem, etc) → neutro
B. N
1. (Pol) (= person) → persona f neutral; (= country) → país m neutral
2. (Aut) in neutralen punto muerto

neutral

[ˈnjuːtrəl]
adj
[country, position, view] → neutre
to remain neutral [country] → rester neutre
(= unemotional) [tone, voice, language, expression] → neutre
[colour, shade] → neutre
n (= gear) → point m mort
to be in neutral [car] → être au point mort
to put the car into neutral → mettre la voiture au point mort

neutral

adjneutral; (= colourless) shoe creamfarblos; you have a very neutral English accentan Ihrem Akzent erkennt man nicht, woher in England Sie stammen
n
(= person)Neutrale(r) mf; (= country)neutrales Land
(Aut) → Leerlauf m; to be in neutralim Leerlauf sein; to put the car/gear in neutralden Gang herausnehmen

neutral

[ˈnjuːtrl]
1. adj
a. (person, country, opinion) → neutrale
b. (Chem) (colour) → neutro/a
2. n (Aut) → folle f
in neutral → in folle

neutral

(ˈnjuːtrəl) adjective
1. not taking sides in a quarrel or war. A neutral country was asked to help settle the dispute.
2. (of colour) not strong or definite. Grey is a neutral colour.
3. (in electricity) neither positively nor negatively charged.
noun
1. (a person belonging to) a nation that takes no part in a war or quarrel.
2. the position of the gear of an engine in which no power passes to the wheels etc. I put the car into neutral.
neuˈtrality (-ˈtrӕ-) noun
the state of being neutral.
ˈneutralize, ˈneutralise verb
to make useless or harmless usually by causing an opposite effect.

neutral

حِيَاديّ, حِيَادِيٌّ neutrál, neutrální neutral neutral, Neutraler ουδέτερο, ουδέτερος neutral puolueeton, puolueeton henkilö / valtio neutre, point mort ler, neutralan neutrale, neutro 中立の, 中立国 중립, 중립의 neutraal, vrijloop nøytral, nøytral stat neutralny, osoba neutralna neutral, neutro нейтральная передача, нейтральный neutral, neutral person เกียร์ว่าง, ที่เป็นกลาง tarafsız số không, trung lập 中立的, 空挡

neu·tral

a. neutral.

neutral

adj (chem, etc.) neutro
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The Vannis' tent brought the town boys and the country girls together on neutral ground.
A pretty dispute followed, in which Edna warmly espoused her father's cause and the Doctor remained neutral.
Thus, therefore, the floor of our familiar room has become a neutral territory, somewhere between the real world and fairy-land, where the Actual and the Imaginary may meet, and each imbue itself with the nature of the other.
I do not suppose that for the world they would have profaned that moment with the slightest observation, even upon so neutral a topic as the weather.
Starbuck was an honest, upright man; but out of Starbuck's heart, at that instant when he saw the muskets, there strangely evolved an evil thought; but so blent with its neutral or good accompaniments that for the instant he hardly knew it for itself.
Clare, speaking abstractedly, but with deep feeling, "what shall be said of one whose own heart, whose education, and the wants of society, have called in vain to some noble purpose; who has floated on, a dreamy, neutral spectator of the struggles, agonies, and wrongs of man, when he should have been a worker?
It's a belt forty feet wide, and goes around the outer fence -- distance between it and the fence one hundred yards -- kind of neutral ground that space is.
I was out of neutral names, but as the child was dead and she had never seen it, I thought I might risk a name for it and trust to luck.
They generally quarreled at night, and met on the neutral ground of the shrubbery to be reconciled together the next morning.
He accompanied his conductor into a guard-room, smelling of common wine and tobacco, where certain soldiers and patriots, asleep and awake, drunk and sober, and in various neutral states between sleeping and waking, drunkenness and sobriety, were standing and lying about.
Snell, the landlord, a man of a neutral disposition, accustomed to stand aloof from human differences as those of beings who were all alike in need of liquor, broke silence, by saying in a doubtful tone to his cousin the butcher--
acted upon another principle; and in distinguishing between what was ancient and modern, forgot, as it appears to me, that extensive neutral ground, the large proportion, that is, of manners and sentiments which are common to us and to our ancestors, having been handed down unaltered from them to us, or which, arising out of the principles of our common nature, must have existed alike in either state of society.