- the egg of a parasitic insect, especially of a louse, often attached to a hair or a fiber of clothing.
- the young of such an insect.
Origin of nit1
- a unit of luminous intensity equal to one candela per square meter. Abbreviation: nt
Origin of nit2
- a nitwit.
Origin of nit3
Examples from the Web for nit
But Lee wuz dead in earnest an' growin' more excited ivery min nit.The U.P. Trail
Nor sie kuckt trucken, wie varstinert, in ihr Ssider; nit sie wint, nit sie dawent.
Das der gmein man, one eine offne Disputation, nit zu stillen was.History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century, Volume III
J. H. Merle D'Aubign
“Weiss nit,” he mumbled, beginning to stagger as the serpent struck its fangs into his vitals.The Cup of Fury
A fire not large enough to roast a nit, and a supper too small to fatten him beforehand!Paul Clifford, Complete
- the egg of a louse, especially when adhering to human hair
- the larva of a louse or similar insect
- a unit of luminance equal to 1 candela per square metre
- informal, mainly British short for nitwit
- a unit of information equal to 1.44 bitsAlso called: nepit
- keep nit Australian informal to keep watch, esp during illegal activity
Word Origin and History for nit
Old English hnitu "louse egg, nit," from Proto-Germanic *khnito (cf. Norwegian nit, Middle Dutch nete, Dutch neet, Middle High German niz, German Niß), from PIE root *knid- "egg of a louse" (cf. Russian, Polish gnida, Czech knida; Greek konidos, genitive konis "egg of a louse").
- The egg or young of a parasitic insect, such as a louse.