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nth

[enth] /ɛnθ/
adjective
1.
being the last in a series of infinitely decreasing or increasing values, amounts, etc.
2.
(of an item in a series of occurrences, planned events, things used, etc., that is thought of as being infinitely large) being the latest, or most recent:
This is the nth time I've told you to eat slowly.
Idioms
3.
the nth degree / power,
  1. a high degree or power.
  2. the utmost degree or extent:
    The new hotel was luxurious to the nth degree.
Origin of nth
1850-1855
First recorded in 1850-55; N (symbol, def. 5) + -th2
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  • Neither would my six brothers, nor any of our descendants to the nth generation.

    All Men are Ghosts L. P. Jacks
  • Such rank superiority irritated the soldier to the nth power.

    Birthright T.S. Stribling
  • They represent understatement to the nth when applied to the front trenches.

  • Wilkerson is not a creator, he's just nature keyed up to the nth power.

    The Heart's Kingdom

    Maria Thompson Daviess
  • Her mind was her mother's mind raised to the nth power, and enhanced by the genius she was trying to crush.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • The case is an extreme one, he admits, deliberately chosen to expound his theory to the nth.

    Arthur Machen

    Vincent Starrett
  • The unnerving tension of expecting it every second made them erratic and nervous to the nth degree.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • Roosevelt played the part even better than Mr. Harding, "an ordinary man raised to the nth power."

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert
British Dictionary definitions for nth

nth

/ɛnθ/
adjective
1.
(maths) of or representing an unspecified ordinal number, usually the greatest in a series of values: the nth power
2.
(informal) being the last, most recent, or most extreme of a long series: for the nth time, eat your lunch!
3.
(informal) to the nth degree, to the utmost extreme; as much as possible

Nth

abbreviation
1.
North
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Word Origin and History for nth

1852, in phrase to the nth, figurative use of a mathematical term indicating indefinite number, in which n is an abbreviation for number (n.).

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Idioms and Phrases with nth
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