naught


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naught

nothing; be without result: come to naught; lost; ruined
Not to be confused with:
aught – anything whatever; any part: for aught I know; a cipher; zero
ought – should; duty or obligation: You ought to go to the memorial service.
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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.]
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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]
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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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"
Fanny Adams, 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"
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

naught

[nɔːt] n
a. (Math) = nought
b. (old) (liter) (nothing) → niente m, nulla m
to come to naught → finire in nulla
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

naught

(noːt) noun
nothing.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in classic literature ?
"Is there naught that we may do to save her?" I asked Ghak.
The great cat clawed at the shaggy head until eyes and ears were gone, and naught but a few strips of ragged, bloody flesh remained upon the skull.
Once born, there is naught but sorrow; for who is there can escape death?
Of a lion worthy, Or perhaps of a virtuous howl-monkey-- --But it's naught to you, Ye friendly damsels dearly loved, At whose own feet to me, The first occasion, To a European under palm-trees, A seat is now granted.
Here do I sit now, The desert nigh, and yet I am So far still from the desert, Even in naught yet deserted: That is, I'm swallowed down By this the smallest oasis--: --It opened up just yawning, Its loveliest mouth agape, Most sweet-odoured of all mouthlets: Then fell I right in, Right down, right through--in 'mong you, Ye friendly damsels dearly loved!
Astok would have leaped to mortal combat with the son of Dejah Thoris, but the guardsmen pressed about him, preventing, though it was clearly evident that naught would have better pleased Carthoris of Helium.
"But say the word, Thuvia of Ptarth," he begged, "and naught will give me greater pleasure than meting to this fellow the punishment he has earned."
To arrest him forcibly could mean naught else than war, and yet he had done that which in the eyes of the Ptarth warrior merited death.
In behalf of the dignity of whaling, I would fain advance naught but substantiated facts.
Naught he found too lofty, none he saw too low-- Parbati beside him watched them come and go; Thought to cheat her husband, turning Shiv to jest-- Stole the little grasshopper and hid it in her breast.
Then he ends this preface with a prayer that God will give him grace, "so that I say naught but soothfast thing."
If it be from the common people, it is commonly false and naught; and rather followeth vain persons, than virtuous.