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.

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"
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"
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.
References in classic literature ?
What would the ruffian say, if we, setting at naught, like him, the decencies of social intercourse, were to raise the curtain which happily conceals His private life from general ridicule, not to say from general execration?
I know that my aunt distressed Dora's aunts very much, by utterly setting at naught the dignity of fly-conveyance, and walking out to Putney at extraordinary times, as shortly after breakfast or just before tea; likewise by wearing her bonnet in any manner that happened to be comfortable to her head, without at all deferring to the prejudices of civilization on that subject.
It is setting at naught two immensely rich human heritages.