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naught

also nought  (nôt)
n.
1. Nonexistence; nothingness.
2. The figure 0; a cipher; a zero.
pron.
Nothing: All their work was for naught.
adj.
1. Nonexistent.
2. Insignificant.

[Middle English, from Old English nāwiht : , no; see ne in Indo-European roots + wiht, thing; see wekti- in Indo-European roots.]

naught

(nɔːt)
n
1. archaic or literary nothing or nothingness; ruin or failure
2. (Mathematics) a variant spelling (esp US) of nought
3. set at naught to have disregard or scorn for; disdain
adv
archaic or literary not at all: it matters naught.
adj
obsolete worthless, ruined, or wicked
[Old English nāwiht, from no1 + wiht thing, person; see wight1, whit]

naught

or nought

(nɔt)

n.
1. nothing.
2. a cipher (0); zero.
adj. Archaic.
3. lost; ruined.
4. worthless; useless.
adv.
5. Obs. not.
Idioms:
come to naught, to end in failure.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English nauht, nāwiht= no1 + wiht thing. compare nought, wight1, whit]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.naught - a quantity of no importancenaught - 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"
2.naught - complete failure; "all my efforts led to naught"
failure - an act that fails; "his failure to pass the test"
Translations
لا شَيء
nicnula
nul
ekkert
niekas
nekas
hiçhiç bir şeysıfır

naught

[nɔːt] N
1. (Math) = nought
2. (o.f., poet) (= nothing) → nada f
all for naughttodo en balde
to come to naught [hopes] → frustrarse; [project] → malograrse
to set at naughtno hacer caso de, despreciar
see also nought

naught

[nɔːt] n
a. (Math) = nought
b. (old) (liter) (nothing) → niente m, nulla m
to come to naught → finire in nulla

naught

(noːt) noun
nothing.
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