English dictionary


nab |næb| — tag the base runner to get him out

nabob |ˈneɪbɑːb| — a governor in India during the Mogul empire

nacelle |nəˈsel| — a streamlined enclosure for an aircraft engine

nacre |ˈneɪkər| — the iridescent internal layer of a mollusk shell

nacreous |ˈneɪkriːəs| — having a play of lustrous rainbow colors

nadir |ˈneɪdɪr| — an extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything

naevus |ˈniːvəs| — (anatomy) A pigmented, raised or otherwise abnormal area on the skin. Naevi may be congenital or acquired. This term is reserved for benign skin lesions.

NAFTA |ˈnaftə| — an agreement for free trade between the United States and Canada and Mexico; became effective in 1994 for ten years

nag |næɡ| — someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault

nagger |ˈnæɡər| — someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault

nagging |ˈnæɡɪŋ| — continually complaining or faultfinding

naiad |ˈnaɪæd| — submerged aquatic plant having narrow leaves and small flowers; of fresh or brackish water

naif |nɑːˈiːf| — a naive or inexperienced person

nail |neɪl| — horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits

nail down |ˈneɪl ˈdaʊn| — succeed in obtaining a position

nail-scissors |ˈneɪl sɪzəz| — Small, usually curved scissors used for cutting fingernails, and toenails.

nailbrush |ˈneɪlˌbrʌʃ| — a brush used to clean a person's fingernails

nailer |ˈneɪlər| — a worker who attaches something by nailing it

nailery |ˈneɪlərɪ| — (archaic) A manufactory of nails.

nailing |ˈneɪlɪŋ| — Present participle of nail.

nainsook |ˈneɪnsʊk| — a soft lightweight muslin used especially for babies

naive |naɪˈiːv| — of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style

naively |naɪˈiːvlɪ| — in a naive manner

naivete |naˌɪvəˈteɪ| — lack of sophistication or worldliness

naivety |naɪˈiːvətɪ| — lack of sophistication or worldliness

naked |ˈneɪkɪd| — completely unclothed

naked-eye  — Eyesight, unaided by equipment such as a telescope or microscope.

nakedness |ˈneɪkɪdnəs| — the state of being without clothing or covering of any kind

namby-pamby |ˌnæmbɪ ˈpæmbɪ| — an insipid weakling who is foolishly sentimental

name |neɪm| — a language unit by which a person or thing is known

name-day |ˈneɪm deɪ| — The feast day of the saint after whom one is named.

named |ˈneɪmd| — Having a name.

nameless |ˈneɪmləs| — being or having an unknown or unnamed source

namely |ˈneɪmlɪ| — as follows

nameplate |ˈneɪmpleɪt| — a plate bearing a name

namesake |ˈneɪmseɪk| — a person with the same name as another

Namibian |nəˈmɪbɪən| — a native or inhabitant of Namibia

naming |ˈneɪmɪŋ| — the verbal act of naming

nan |næn| — your grandmother

nana |ˈnænə| — An affectionate term for one's grandmother.

nance |nans| — offensive term for a homosexual man

nancy |ˈnænsɪ| — a city in northeastern France in Lorraine

nanism |ˈneɪnɪzəm| — a genetic abnormality resulting in short stature

nankeen |nænˈkiːn| — a durable fabric formerly loomed by hand in China from natural cotton having a yellowish color

nanny |ˈnænɪ| — a woman who is the custodian of children

nanny-goat |ˈnænɪ ɡəʊt| — female goat

nanometer  — a metric unit of length equal to one billionth of a meter

nanotechnology |ˌnænəʊtekˈnɑːlədʒɪ| — the branch of engineering that deals with things smaller than 100 nanometers (especially with the manipulation of individual molecules)

nanotube |ˈnanəʊtjuːb| — a fullerene molecule having a cylindrical or toroidal shape

nap |næp| — a period of time spent sleeping

napalm |ˈneɪpɑːm| — gasoline jelled with aluminum soaps; highly incendiary liquid used in fire bombs and flamethrowers

nape |neɪp| — the back side of the neck

naphtha |ˈnæfθə| — any of various volatile flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixtures; used chiefly as solvents

naphthalene |ˈnæfθəliːn| — a white crystalline strong-smelling hydrocarbon made from coal tar or petroleum and used in organic synthesis and as a fumigant in mothballs

naphthaline |naphthalene| — naphthalene

napkin |ˈnæpkɪn| — a small piece of table linen that is used to wipe the mouth and to cover the lap in order to protect clothing

napkin-ring |ˈnæpkɪn rɪŋ| — A ring for holding napkins along with cutlery.

napkins |ˈnæpˌkɪnz| — plural form of napkin

naples |ˈneɪpəlz| — a port and tourist center in southwestern Italy; capital of the Campania region

napless |ˈnæplɪs| — Without a nap; worn or threadbare.

napoleon |nəˈpɒlɪən| — French general who became emperor of the French (1769-1821)

Napoleonic |nəˌpəʊlɪˈɒnɪk| — of or relating to or like Napoleon Bonaparte

napoo |næˈpuː| — (UK, army, slang) Finished; gone; non-existent.

nappe |næp| — The profile of a body of water flowing over an obstruction in a vertical drop.

napper |ˈnæpər| — a person who takes a nap

nappy |ˈnæpɪ| — garment consisting of a folded cloth drawn up between the legs and fastened at the waist; worn by infants to catch excrement

narcissi |nɑːrˈsɪsaɪ| — plural form of narcissus

narcissism |ˈnɑːrsɪsɪzəm| — an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself

narcissist |ˈnɑːrsɪsɪst| — someone in love with themselves

narcissistic |ˌnɑːrsɪˈsɪstɪk| — characteristic of those having an inflated idea of their own importance

narcissus |nɑːrˈsɪsəs| — bulbous plant having erect linear leaves and showy yellow or white flowers either solitary or in clusters

narcist  — someone in love with themselves

narcomania  — A pathological craving for or addiction to narcotics or alcohol.

narcomaniac  — A person who suffers from narcomania.

narcosis |nɑːrˈkəʊsɪs| — unconsciousness induced by narcotics or anesthesia

narcotic |nɑːrˈkɑːtɪk| — a drug that produces numbness or stupor; often taken for pleasure or to reduce pain; extensive use can lead to addiction

narcotics |narˈkɑːtɪks| — plural form of narcotic

narcotism |ˈnɑːrkəˌtɪzəm| — A narcotic effect; the tendency to cause narcosis.

narcotization |ˌnɑːkətaɪˈzeɪʃən| — (uncountable) the state of being narcotized; narcosis

narcotize |ˈnɑːrkəˌtaɪz| — administer narcotics to

nard |ˈnɑːrd| — an aromatic ointment used in antiquity

naris  — any of the openings to the nasal cavities that allow air to flow through the cavities to the pharynx

nark |nɑːrk| — an informer or spy working for the police

narrate |nəˈreɪt| — provide commentary for a film, for example

narration |nəˈreɪʃn| — a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program

narrative |ˈnærətɪv| — a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program

narrator |nəˈreɪtər| — someone who tells a story

narrow |ˈnærəʊ| — a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water

narrow down |ˈnerəʊ ˈdaʊn| — define clearly

narrow-gauge |ɡeɪdʒ| — A railway gauge (distance between the two lines) that is less than the standard gauge (often quoted as 56 inches)

narrow-minded |ˌnærəʊ ˈmaɪndɪd| — rigidly adhering to a particular sect or its doctrines

narrow-mindedness |ˌnærəʊ ˈmaɪndɪdnəs| — an inclination to criticize opposing opinions or shocking behavior

narrowed |ˈnærəʊd| — reduced in size as by squeezing together

narrowing |ˈnærəʊɪŋ| — an instance of becoming narrow

narrowly |ˈnærəʊlɪ| — in a narrow manner; not allowing for exceptions

narrowness |ˈnærəʊnəs| — the property of being narrow; having little width

narwhal |ˈnɑːrwɑːl| — small Arctic whale the male having a long spiral ivory tusk

nary |ˈnerɪ| — (used with singular count nouns) colloquial for `not a' or `not one' or `never a'

nasal |ˈneɪzl| — a consonant produced through the nose with the mouth closed

nasality |neɪˈzælɪtiː| — a quality of the voice that is produced by nasal resonators

nasalization |ˌnezəlaɪˈzeɪʃən| — the act of nasalizing; the utterance of sounds modulated by the nasal resonators

nasalize |ˈneɪzlaɪz| — speak nasally or through the nose

nascence  — the event of being born

nascency |ˈnæsʌnsiː| — the event of being born

nascent |ˈneɪsnt| — being born or beginning

nastily |ˈnæstɪlɪ| — in a nasty ill-tempered manner

nasturtium |nəˈstɜːrʃəm| — any tropical American plant of the genus Tropaeolum having pungent juice and long-spurred yellow to red flowers

nasty |ˈnæstɪ| — exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent

natal |ˈneɪtl| — a region of eastern South Africa on the Indian Ocean

natality |nəˈtælɪtɪ| — the ratio of live births in an area to the population of that area; expressed per 1000 population per year

natant |ˈneɪt(ə)nt| — floating or swimming (in water)

natation |nəˈteɪʃən| — the act of someone who floats on the water

natatorial |ˌneɪtəˈtɔːriːəl| — Of or pertaining to swimming.

natatorium |ˌneɪtəˈtɔːrɪəm| — pool that provides a facility for swimming

natatory |ˈneɪtətərɪ| — of, or relating to, swimming

natch |nætʃ| — (colloquial) Naturally; of course.

nates |ˈneɪtiːz| — the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

nation |ˈneɪʃn| — a politically organized body of people under a single government

nation-state |ˌneɪʃənˈsteɪt| — A political entity (a state) associated with a particular cultural entity (a nation) and a sovereign territorial unit.

national |ˈnæʃnəl| — a person who owes allegiance to that nation

nationalism |ˈnæʃnəlɪzəm| — love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it

nationalist |ˈnæʃnəlɪst| — one who loves and defends his or her country

nationalistic |ˌnæʃnəˈlɪstɪk| — fanatically patriotic

nationality |ˌnæʃəˈnælətɪ| — people having common origins or traditions and often comprising a nation

nationalization |ˌnæʃnələˈzeɪʃn| — the action of forming or becoming a nation

nationalize |ˈnæʃnəlaɪz| — put under state control or ownership

nationalized |ˈnæʃənəˌlaɪzd| — simple past tense and past participle of nationalize

nationally |ˈnæʃnəlɪ| — with regard to a nation taken as a whole

nationhood |ˈneɪʃnhʊd| — the state of being a nation

nationwide |ˌneɪʃnˈwaɪd| — extending throughout an entire nation

native |ˈneɪtɪv| — an indigenous person who was born in a particular place

native-born |ˈneɪtɪvˈbɔːn| — belonging to a place by birth

nativism |ˈneɪtɪˌvɪzəm| — the policy of perpetuating native cultures (in opposition to acculturation)

nativist |ˈneɪtɪˌvɪst| — a philosopher who subscribes to nativism

nativity |nəˈtɪvətɪ| — the event of being born

natrium |ˈneɪtrɪəm| — (archaic, rare) sodium

natron |ˈneɪtrɑːn| — (mineralogy) A crystalline mixture of hydrous sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate, with the chemical formula Na2CO3·10H2O.

natter |ˈnætər| — talk socially without exchanging too much information

natterjack |ˈnætərdʒæk| — common brownish-yellow short-legged toad of western Europe; runs rather than hops

natty |ˈnætɪ| — marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

natural |ˈnætʃrəl| — someone regarded as certain to succeed

naturalism |ˈnætʃrəlɪzəm| — (philosophy) the doctrine that the world can be understood in scientific terms without recourse to spiritual or supernatural explanations

naturalist |ˈnætʃrəlɪst| — an advocate of the doctrine that the world can be understood in scientific terms

naturalistic |ˌnætʃrəˈlɪstɪk| — representing what is real; not abstract or ideal

naturalization |ˌnætʃrələˈzeɪʃn| — the quality of being brought into conformity with nature

naturalize |ˈnætʃrəlaɪz| — make into a citizen

naturalized |ˈnætʃərəˌlaɪzd| — introduced from another region and persisting without cultivation

naturally |ˈnætʃrəlɪ| — as might be expected

nature |ˈneɪtʃər| — the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized

naught |ˈnɒt| — a quantity of no importance

naughtily |ˈnɔːtɪlɪ| — in a disobedient or naughty way

naughtiness |ˈnɔːtɪnəs| — an attribute of mischievous children

naughty |ˈnɔːtɪ| — suggestive of sexual impropriety

nausea |ˈnɔːzɪə| — the state that precedes vomiting

nauseate |ˈnɔːzɪeɪt| — upset and make nauseated

nauseating |ˈnɔːzɪeɪtɪŋ| — causing or able to cause nausea

nauseous |ˈnɔːʃəs| — causing or able to cause nausea

nautical |ˈnɔːtɪkl| — relating to or involving ships or shipping or navigation or seamen

nautilus |ˈnɔːtɪləs| — a submarine that is propelled by nuclear power

naval |ˈneɪvl| — connected with or belonging to or used in a navy

nave |neɪv| — the central area of a church

navel |ˈneɪvl| — a scar where the umbilical cord was attached

navel-string |ˈneɪvəlstrɪŋ| — umbilical cord

navigability |ˌnævɪɡəˈbɪlɪtɪ| — the quality of being suitable for the passage of a ship or aircraft

navigable |ˈnævɪɡəbl| — able to be sailed on or through safely

navigate |ˈnævɪɡeɪt| — travel on water propelled by wind or by other means

navigation |ˌnævɪˈɡeɪʃn| — the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place

navigational |ˌnævɪˈɡeɪʃənl| — of or relating to navigation

navigator |ˈnævɪɡeɪtər| — the ship's officer in charge of navigation

navvy |ˈnævɪ| — a laborer who is obliged to do menial work

navy |ˈneɪvɪ| — an organization of military vessels belonging to a country and available for sea warfare

navy-blue |ˈneɪvɪbluː| — A dark blue color.

nay |neɪ| — a negative

naze |neɪz| — a cape at the southern tip of Norway

Nazi |ˈnɑːtsɪ| — a German member of Adolf Hitler's political party

Nazism |ˈnɑːtsɪzəm| — a form of socialism featuring racism and expansionism and obedience to a strong leader

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