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

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

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

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

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 |naɪˈiːvli| — in a naive manner

naivete |naˌivəˈteɪ| — lack of sophistication or worldliness

naivety |naɪˈiːvəti| — lack of sophistication or worldliness

naked |ˈneɪkɪd| — completely unclothed

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

namby-pamby |ˌnæmbi ˈpæmbi| — an insipid weakling who is foolishly sentimental

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

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

namely |ˈneɪmli| — as follows

nameplate |ˈneɪmpleɪt| — a plate bearing a name

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

Namibian |nəˈmɪbiən| — a native or inhabitant of Namibia

naming |ˈneɪmɪŋ| — the verbal act of naming

nan |næn| — your grandmother

nance |nans| — offensive term for a homosexual man

nancy |ˈnænsi| — 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 |ˈnæni| — a woman who is the custodian of children

nanny-goat |ˈnænɪ ɡoʊt| — female goat

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

nanotechnology |ˌnænoʊtekˈnɑːlədʒi| — 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

narcosis |nɑːrˈkoʊsɪs| — 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

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

narrow down |ˈneroʊ ˈdaʊn| — define clearly

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

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

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

narrowing |ˈnæroʊɪŋ| — an instance of becoming narrow

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

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

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

nary |ˈneri| — (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 |ˈnæsnt| — being born or beginning

nastily |ˈnæstɪli| — 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 |ˈnæsti| — exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent

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

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

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

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

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

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 |ˌnæʃəˈnæləti| — 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

nationally |ˈnæʃnəli| — 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 |nəˈtɪvəti| — the event of being born

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 |ˈnæti| — 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 |ˈnætʃrəli| — as might be expected

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

naught |ˈnɒt| — a quantity of no importance

naughtily |ˈnɔːtɪli| — in a disobedient or naughty way

naughtiness |ˈnɔːtɪnəs| — an attribute of mischievous children

naughty |ˈnɔːti| — suggestive of sexual impropriety

nausea |ˈnɔːziə| — the state that precedes vomiting

nauseate |ˈnɔːzieɪt| — upset and make nauseated

nauseating |ˈnɔːzieɪtɪŋ| — 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

navigability |ˌnævɪɡəˈbɪlɪti| — 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 |ˈnævi| — a laborer who is obliged to do menial work

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

nay |neɪ| — a negative

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

Nazi |ˈnɑːtsi| — 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