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noth·ing

 (nŭth′ĭng)
pron.
1. No thing; not anything: The box contained nothing. I've heard nothing about it.
2. No part; no portion: Nothing remains of the old house but the cellar hole.
3. One of no consequence, significance, or interest: The new nonsmoking policy is nothing to me.
n.
1. Something that has no existence.
2. Something that has no quantitative value; zero: a score of two to nothing.
3. One that has no substance or importance; a nonentity: "A nothing is a dreadful thing to hold onto" (Edna O'Brien).
adj.
Insignificant or worthless: "the utterly nothing role of a wealthy suitor" (Bosley Crowther).
adv.
In no way or degree; not at all: She looks nothing like her sister.
Idioms:
for nothing
1. Free of charge.
2. To no avail: all that trouble for nothing.
3. For no reason: fired him for nothing.
in nothing flat
In very little time; very quickly.
nothing doing Informal
Certainly not.
nothing for it
Nothing else to be done; no alternative: "There is nothing for it but to wait for the end" (Samuel Beckett).

[Middle English, from Old English nāthing : , no; see no2 + thing, thing; see thing.]
Usage Note: According to the traditional rule, nothing should always be treated as a singular, even when followed by an exception phrase containing a plural noun: Nothing except your fears stands (not stand) in your way. Nothing but roses meets (not meet) the eye. · But there are certain contexts in which nothing but sounds quite natural with a plural verb and should not be considered inappropriate. In these sentences, constructions like nothing but function much like an adverb meaning "only," in a pattern similar to one seen in none but: "Sometimes, for a couple of hours together, there were almost no houses; there were nothing but woods and rivers and lakes and horizons adorned with bright-looking mountains" (Henry James). Note that the construction is sometimes used in the predicate following a form of the verb be to emphasize equivalence with the subject, even when plural: "Years of selective breeding have produced turkeys that are nothing but cooking pouches with legs" (Garrison Keillor). See Usage Note at none.

nothing

(ˈnʌθɪŋ)
pron
1. (indefinite) no thing; not anything, as of an implied or specified class of things: I can give you nothing.
2. no part or share: to have nothing to do with this crime.
3. a matter of no importance or significance: it doesn't matter, it's nothing.
4. indicating the absence of anything perceptible; nothingness
5. indicating the absence of meaning, value, worth, etc: to amount to nothing.
6. zero quantity; nought
7. be nothing to
a. not to concern or be significant to (someone)
b. to be not nearly as good as
8. have nothing to do with be nothing to do with to have no connection with
9. have nothing on have got nothing on
a. to have no engagements to keep
b. to be undressed or naked
c. informal to compare unfavourably with
10. in nothing flat informal in almost no time; very quickly or soon
11. nothing but not something other than; only
12. nothing doing informal an expression of dismissal, disapproval, lack of compliance with a request, etc
13. nothing if not at the very least; certainly
14. nothing less than nothing short of downright; truly
15. there's nothing for it there's no choice; there's no other course
16. there's nothing like a general expression of praise: there's nothing like a good cup of tea.
17. there's nothing to it it is very simple, easy, etc
18. think nothing of
a. to regard as routine, easy, or natural
b. to have no compunction or hesitation about
c. to have a very low opinion of
19. to say nothing of as well as; even disregarding: he was warmly dressed in a shirt and heavy jumper, to say nothing of his thick overcoat.
20. stop at nothing to be prepared to do anything; be unscrupulous or ruthless
adv
in no way; not at all: he looked nothing like his brother.
n
21. informal a person or thing of no importance or significance
22. sweet nothings words of endearment or affection
[Old English nāthing, nān thing, from nān none1 + thing1]
Usage: Nothing normally takes a singular verb, but when nothing but is followed by a plural form of a noun, a plural verb is usually used: it was a large room where nothing but souvenirs were sold

noth•ing

(ˈnʌθ ɪŋ)

pron.
1. no thing; not anything; naught: to say nothing.
2. no part, share, or trace: The house showed nothing of its former splendor.
3. something of no importance, significance, or value: Money is nothing to him.
4. something that is nonexistent.
5. something that is without quantity or magnitude.
6. no great effort, trouble, etc.: Nothing to it.
n.
7. a trivial action, matter, circumstance, thing, or remark: to exchange nothings.
8. a person of little or no importance; a nobody.
9. nonexistence; nothingness.
10. a cipher or naught; zero.
adv.
11. in no respect or degree; not at all: It was nothing like that.
adj.
12. amounting to nothing: a nothing job.
Idioms:
1. for nothing,
a. free of charge.
b. for no apparent reason or motive.
c. futilely; to no avail.
2. in nothing flat, in very little time.
3. nothing doing, Informal. certainly not.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English nānthing, nathing]

nothing

1. 'nothing'

Nothing means 'not a single thing', or 'not a single part of something'. You use a singular form of a verb with nothing.

Nothing is happening.
Nothing has been discussed.

Be Careful!
You don't usually use any other negative word such as 'not' after nothing. Don't say, for example, 'Nothing didn't happen'. You say 'Nothing happened'. Similarly, don't use 'nothing' as the object of a sentence which already has a negative word in it. Don't say, for example, 'I couldn't hear nothing'. Say 'I couldn't hear anything.'

I did not say anything.
He never seemed to do anything at all.
2. 'nothing but'

Nothing but is used in front of a noun phrase or an infinitive without to to mean 'only'. For example, instead of saying 'In the fridge there was only a piece of cheese', you can say 'In the fridge there was nothing but a piece of cheese'.

For a few months I thought of nothing but Jeremy.
He did nothing but complain.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nothing - a quantity of no importancenothing - 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"
relative quantity - a quantity relative to some purpose
nihil - (Latin) nil; nothing (as used by a sheriff after an unsuccessful effort to serve a writ); "nihil habet"
bugger all, Fanny Adams, fuck all, sweet Fanny Adams - little or nothing at all; "I asked for a raise and they gave me bugger-all"; "I know sweet Fanny Adams about surgery"
Adv.1.nothing - in no respect; to no degree; "he looks nothing like his father"

nothing

noun
1. nought, zero, nil, naught, not a thing, zilch (slang), bugger all (slang), fuck all (taboo slang), sod all (slang), damn all (slang), zip (U.S. slang) I know nothing of these matters.
2. a trifle, no big deal, a mere bagatelle `Thanks for all your help.' `It was nothing.'
3. nobody, cipher, nonentity, non-person I went from being a complete nothing to all of a sudden having people calling me the new star of the Nineties.
4. void, emptiness, nothingness, nullity, nonexistence philosophical ideas of the void, the nothing and the `un-thought'
be or have nothing to do with something or someone
1. be unconnected with, be irrelevant to, have no connection with, be unrelated to Both sides say the deal has nothing to do with the freeing of the hostages.
2. avoid, shun, steer clear of, keep away from, cold-shoulder, body-swerve (Scot.) He's a villain - I'd have nothing to do with him if I were you.
for nothing free, for free, without charge, at no cost, gratis He said he'd do the repairs for nothing.
nothing but just, only, simply, merely All that money brought us nothing but misery.
Quotations
"Nothing, like something, happens anywhere" [Philip Larkin I Remember, I Remember]
"Nothing can be created out of nothing" [Lucretius De Rerum Natura]
"Nothing will come of nothing" [William Shakespeare King Lear]

nothing

noun
1. No thing; not anything:
Informal: zero.
Slang: nix, zilch.
Archaic: aught.
2. A totally insignificant person:
Informal: pip-squeak, zero.
Slang: shrimp, zilch.
3. The condition of not existing:
adjective
Slang. Lacking all worth and value:
Informal: no-account.
Translations
صَفرصَفْرلَا شَيْءَلا شَيءلَاشَيّءَ
нищо
nicnulavůbec ne
intetnulikke nogetingenting
mitättömyysnolla
ništanula
semmi
alls ekkiekkerthafa sér til málsbótarnúll
何も・・・ない
아무것 아닌 것
beveik niekodykaijokiu būdu!nemokamaineturėti jokio ryšio
nekasnemaz, nepavisamnulle
nimic
vôbec ne-
nič
ingentingingetnoll
ไม่มีอะไรศูนย์
khôngkhông có gì

nothing

[ˈnʌθɪŋ]
A. PRONnada f; (= nought) → cero m
I have nothing to give youno tengo nada que darte
to have nothing to do withno tener nada que ver con
there's nothing mean about himno tiene nada de tacaño
nothing butsolamente
to come to nothingparar en nada, quedarse en aguas de borraja
nothing doing!¡de ninguna manera!, ¡ni hablar!
nothing elsenada más
there's nothing to fearno hay de qué tener miedo
for nothing (= free) → gratis; (= unpaid) → sin sueldo; (= in vain) → en vano, en balde
it is not for nothing thatno es sin motivo que ..., por algo será que ...
there was nothing for it but to payno había más remedio or (LAm) no nos quedaba otra que pagar
to build up a business from nothingcrear un negocio de la nada
he is nothing if not carefules de lo más cauteloso
there is nothing in the rumourslos rumores no tienen nada de verdad
there's nothing in it for usde esto no vamos a sacar ningún provecho
there's nothing in it (in race) → van muy iguales
I could make nothing of what he saidno entendí nada or no pude sacar nada en claro de lo que dijo
a mere nothinguna nimiedad
it's nothing more than a rumoures simplemente un rumor
nothing muchpoco, no mucho
there's nothing much to be saidpoco hay que decir
next to nothingcasi nada
I'm nothing of a swimmeryo nado bastante mal
to have nothing on (= naked) → estar desnudo; (= not busy) → estar libre
it's nothing to be proud ofno es motivo para enorgullecerse
to say nothing ofsin mencionar ..., amén de ...
to get something for nothingobtener algo gratis
there's nothing special about itno tiene nada de particular
to stop at nothingno pararse en barras
to stop at nothing to do sthemplear sin escrúpulo todos los medios para hacer algo
to think nothing oftener en poco
he thinks nothing of walking 30kmpara él no tiene importancia or no es nada recorrer 30km a pie
think nothing of it!¡no hay de qué!, ¡no tiene cuidado! (LAm)
there's nothing to it!¡es facilísimo!
she is nothing to himella le es indiferente
it's nothing to me whether he comes or notno me importa que venga o no
he has nothing on her (comparison) → no le llega ni a la suela del zapato
see also all B4
see also do with, kind B1
see also like B1
see also next B4.5
see also short A3
see also sort A1 ZERO
B. ADV
nothing dauntedsin inmutarse
it's nothing like himel retrato no se le parece en nada
it was nothing like as expensive as we thoughtera mucho menos caro de lo que nos imaginábamos
see also less B
C. N a mere nothinguna friolera, una bagatela
to her he was a nothingpara ella él no tenía ningún valor
to whisper sweet nothings to sbdecir ternezas a los oídos de algn

nothing

[ˈnʌθɪŋ]
pron
(gen)rien
"What's wrong?" - "Nothing." → "Qu'est-ce qui ne va pas?" - "Rien."
nothing at all → rien du tout
nothing but ... → ne ... que
She did nothing but complain about him → Elle n'a fait que se plaindre de lui.
to mean nothing to sb → n'être rien pour qn
a fuss about nothing → beaucoup d'histoires pour rien
over nothing → pour une bêtise
a fight that started over nothing → une dispute qui a éclaté pour une bêtise
it's nothing to worry about → il n'y a pas de quoi s'inquiéter
to be worth nothing → n'avoir aucune valeur
for nothing (= free) → pour rien, gratuitement (= for no reason) → pour rien; [die] → en vain
nothing if not ...
He's nothing if not well-organized → C'est quelqu'un de très organisé.
nothing less than ...
It's nothing less than outrageous! → C'est un véritable scandale!
He's nothing less than a thief! → C'est tout bonnement un voleur!
it was nothing of the sort, it was nothing of the kind → ce n'était absolument pas le cas
it's all or nothing → c'est tout ou rien
better than nothing → mieux que rien
nothing doing (= no way) → pas question
there's nothing for it (but to ...) (British)
There is nothing for it but to carry on → Il n'y a plus qu'à continuer.
I didn't know anything about her. There was nothing for it. I had to go and see Esther myself → Je ne savais rien d'elle. Il ne me restait plus qu'à aller voir Esther moi-même.
there's nothing in it (= it's not true) → il n'y a rien de vrai là-dedans (= it's very close) → c'est très serré
there's nothing to it (= it's not true) → il n'y a rien de vrai là-dedans (= it's easy) → ça n'a rien de compliqué
(as object of verb)ne ... rien
He does nothing → Il ne fait rien.
He ate nothing for breakfast → Il n'a rien mangé au petit-déjeuner.
I had nothing else to do → Je n'avais rien d'autre à faire.
(as subject of verb)rien ne ...
Nothing is open on Sundays → Rien n'est ouvert le dimanche.
Nothing else matters → Rien d'autre ne compte.
Nothing much was happening there at the time → Il ne s'y passait pas grand-chose à cette époque.
(+ adjective)rien de
nothing new → rien de nouveau
nothing special → rien de particulier
(+ comparative adjective)rien de
There's nothing more important → Il n'y a rien de plus important.
nothing better than ...
There's nothing better than a good cup of hot coffee → Rien ne vaut une bonne tasse de café bien chaud.
nrien m

nothing

n, pron, adv
nichts; nothing pleases himnichts gefällt ihm, ihm gefällt nichts; nothing could be easiernichts wäre einfacher; it was reduced to nothinges blieb nichts davon übrig; she is five foot nothing (inf)sie ist genau fünf Fuß; it was all or nothinges ging um alles oder nichts
(with vb) → nichts; she is or means nothing to himsie bedeutet ihm nichts; £500 is nothing to her£ 500 sind für sie gar nichts; she is nothing (compared) to her sistersie ist nichts im Vergleich zu ihrer Schwester; that’s nothing to what is to comedas ist noch gar nichts im Vergleich zu dem, was noch kommen wird; it came to nothingda ist nichts draus geworden; I can make nothing of itdas sagt mir nichts, ich werde daraus nicht schlau; he thinks nothing of doing thater findet nichts dabei(, das zu tun); think nothing of itkeine Ursache!; will you come? — nothing doing! (inf)kommst du? — ausgeschlossen! or kein Gedanke (inf); there was nothing doing at the club (inf)im Klub war nichts los; I tried, but there’s nothing doing (inf)ich habs versucht, aber keine Chance (inf)or aber da ist nichts zu machen
(with prep) all his fame stood or counted for nothing (liter)sein Ruhm galt nichts; for nothing (= free, in vain)umsonst; it’s not for nothing that he’s called Xer heißt nicht umsonst or ohne Grund X; there’s nothing (else) for it but to leaveda bleibt einem nichts übrig als zu gehen; there’s nothing (else) for it, we’ll have to …da hilft alles nichts, wir müssen …; there was nothing in it for medas hat sich für mich nicht gelohnt, ich hatte nichts davon; (financially also) → dabei sprang nichts für mich heraus (inf); there’s nothing in the rumour (Brit) or rumor (US) → das Gerücht ist völlig unfundiert or aus der Luft gegriffen, an dem Gerücht ist nichts (Wahres); that is nothing to youfür dich ist das doch gar nichts; (= isn’t important)das kümmert or berührt dich nicht, das ist dir egal; there’s nothing to it (inf)das ist kinderleicht (inf)
(with adj, adv) nothing butnur; he does nothing but eater isst nur or ständig, er tut nichts anderes als essen; nothing elsesonst nichts; nothing moresonst nichts; I’d like nothing more than thatich möchte nichts lieber als das; I’d like nothing more than to go to Canadaich würde (nur) zu gern nach Kanada gehen; nothing muchnicht viel; nothing less thannur; nothing if not politeäußerst or überaus höflich; nothing newnichts Neues; it was nothing like as big as we thoughtes war lange nicht so groß, wie wir dachten
in nothing flat (US inf) → in null Komma nichts (inf); you don’t know from nothing (US inf) → du hast (überhaupt) keine Ahnung (inf); he has nothing on her (inf)er kann ihr nicht das Wasser reichen (inf)
n
(Math) → Null f
(= thing, person of no value)Nichts nt; it’s a mere nothing compared to what he spent last yearim Vergleich zu dem, was er letztes Jahr ausgegeben hat, ist das gar nichts; it was a mere nothingdas war doch nicht der Rede wert, das war doch nur eine winzige Kleinigkeit; thank you — it was nothingdanke — das war doch selbstverständlich; don’t apologize, it’s nothingentschuldige dich nicht, es ist nicht der Rede wert; what’s wrong with you? — (it’s) nothingwas ist mit dir los? — nichts; to whisper sweet nothings to somebodyjdm Zärtlichkeiten ins Ohr flüstern

nothing

[ˈnʌθɪŋ]
1. n
a.niente m, nulla m (Math, Sport) → zero
nothing happened → non è successo niente or nulla
I've eaten nothing → non ho mangiato niente or nulla
there is nothing to eat → non c'è niente or nulla da mangiare
b. (in phrases) as if nothing had happenedcome se niente fosse
nothing at all → proprio niente
nothing else → nient'altro
nothing much/new → niente di speciale/nuovo
nothing but → nient'altro che
she does nothing but sleep → non fa altro che dormire
there is nothing for it but to go → non c'è altra scelta che andare
there is nothing in it (not true) → non c'è niente di vero (not interesting) → non è per niente interessante (nearly the same) → non c'è una grande differenza
there's nothing in it for us → non ci guadagniamo niente
there's nothing to it! (it's easy) → è una cosa da niente!
to have nothing on (naked) → non aver niente addosso (not busy) → non aver niente in programma
for nothing (free, unpaid) → per niente, gratis (in vain) → per niente, inutilmente (for no reason) → senza ragione
he is nothing if not careful → è soprattutto attento
I can do nothing about it → non posso farci nulla
to come to nothing → finire in nulla
to say nothing of ... → per non parlare di...
to think nothing of doing sth → non farsi nessun problema nel fare qc
think nothing of it! → s'immagini!, si figuri!
I can make nothing of it → non ci capisco niente
a mere nothing → una cosa da nulla or da niente
to whisper sweet nothings to sb → sussurrare tenerezze a qn
nothing doing! (fam) → niente da fare!
2. advper niente, niente affatto
it was nothing like as expensive as we thought → era molto meno caro di quanto credessimo

nothing

(ˈnaθiŋ) pronoun
no thing; not anything. There was nothing in the cupboard; I have nothing new to say.
noun
the number 0; nought. The final score was five – nothing (= 5 – 0).
adverb
not at all. He's nothing like his father.
ˈnothingness noun
the state of being nothing or of not existing; emptiness.
come to nothing
to fail. His plans came to nothing.
for nothing
1. free; without payment. I'll do that job for you for nothing.
2. without result; in vain. I've been working on this book for six years, and all for nothing!
have nothing to do with
1. to avoid completely. After he came out of prison, many of his friends would have nothing to do with him.
2. (also be nothing to do with) to be something that a person ought not to be interested in. This letter has/is nothing to do with you.
make nothing of
not to understand. I can make nothing of this letter.
mean nothing to
not to be understandable to. These mathematical figures mean nothing to me.
next to nothing
almost nothing. The child was wearing next to nothing.
nothing but
just; only. The fellow's nothing but a fool!
nothing doing!
an expression used to show a strong or emphatic refusal. `Would you like to go to the meeting instead of me?' `Nothing doing!'
there is nothing to it
it is easy. You'll soon see how to do this job – there's nothing to it!
think nothing of
not to consider difficult, unusual etc. My father thought nothing of walking 8 kilometres to school when he was a boy.
to say nothing of
as well as; and in addition. When her mother comes to stay with us, she brings all her clothes with her, to say nothing of her three dogs.

nothing

لَا شَيْءَ, لَاشَيّءَ nic, nula intet, nul Nichts, Null μηδέν, τίποτα cero, nada mitättömyys, nolla néant, rien ništa, nula niente, zero 何も・・・ない, 零 아무것 아닌 것, 영 niets, nul ingenting, null nic nada ничто, ноль ingenting, noll ไม่มีอะไร, ศูนย์ hiçbir şey, sıfır không, không có gì ,

nothing

n. nada, niguna cosa;
adv. en nada, de ningún modo, de ninguna manera.
References in classic literature ?
I don't think it's fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all," added little Amy, with an injured sniff.
You're a dear, and nothing else," answered Meg warmly, and no one contradicted her, for the `Mouse' was the pet of the family.
Beth said nothing, but wiped away her tears with the blue army sock and began to knit with all her might, losing no time in doing the duty that lay nearest her, while she resolved in her quiet little soul to be all that Father hoped to find her when the year brought round the happy coming home.
Nothing delighted you more than to have me tie my piece bags on your backs for burdens, give you hats and sticks and rolls of paper, and let you travel through the house from the cellar, which was the City of Destruction, up, up, to the housetop, where you had all the lovely things you could collect to make a Celestial City.
The other, a black-haired boy with large ears, said nothing at all but always managed to get her into the darkness, where he began to kiss her.
Today marks an important milestone in the Nothing Bundt Cakes story," said Nothing Bundt Cakes co-founder Dena Tripp.
Doing nothing for a little while each day is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.
Those of us who come from Western cultures that are less group-oriented tend to find the act of doing nothing hard to understand.
Must we really believe that the people today have so lost the power to create their own interests that they have nothing to do?
1984 Nothing could have prepared him for his role in the most controversial television drama of the year, paedophile placed back into the community and struggling to control his vile urges.
It says nothing about the Probation Department's severe mishandling of county juvenile halls and camps.
In other words, an engineer is someone who knows everything about their specific discipline or knows "Everything About Nothing.