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nu1

[noo, nyoo]
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noun
  1. the 13th letter of the Greek alphabet (Ν, ν).
  2. the consonant sound represented by this letter.
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Origin of nu1

1885–90; < Greek < Semitic; cf. nun2

nu2

[noo]
interjection
  1. well? so? so what?
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Origin of nu2

1890–95; < Yiddish; cognate with Old High German, Middle High German (adv. and conjunction), German nu (dial. and colloquial) well! well now! See now

Nu

[noo]
noun
  1. U [oo] /u/, Thauin Nu, 1907–1995, Burmese political leader: prime minister 1948–56, 1957–58, 1960–62.
  2. Egyptian Religion Nun.
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Nun

[noon]
noun Egyptian Religion.
  1. oldest of the ancient Egyptian gods, personifying the primordial ocean from which the world was formed; father of Ra, the sun god.
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Also Nu [noo] /nu/.
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Examples from the Web for nu

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  • "They all comes from th' nu'th'ard and west'ard o' th' post," said Ed.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf

    Dillon Wallace

  • Nuuanu (Nu'u--nu) a valley back of Honolulu that leads to the "Pali."

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii

    Nathaniel Bright Emerson

  • Yeas; an' compared with what 'twas, 'tes almost so gude as nu.

    Five Tales

    John Galsworthy

  • All errors, including the use of mu for nu, are in the original.

    Printers' Marks

    William Roberts

  • The name is the same except for the "infixes" -nu- and -ke-.

    Seven Mohave Myths

    A. L. Kroeber


British Dictionary definitions for nu

nu1

noun
  1. the 13th letter in the Greek alphabet (Ν, ν), a consonant, transliterated as n
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Word Origin

from Greek, of Semitic origin; compare nun ²

nu2

the internet domain name for
  1. Niue
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Nu

noun
  1. U (uː), original name Thakin Nu. 1907–95, Burmese statesman and writer; prime minister (1948–56, 1957–58, 1960–62). He attempted to establish parliamentary democracy, but was ousted (1962) by Ne Win
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nun1

noun
  1. a female member of a religious order
  2. (sometimes capital) a variety of domestic fancy pigeon usually having a black-and-white plumage with a ridged peak or cowl of short white feathers
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Derived Formsnunlike, adjective

Word Origin

Old English nunne, from Church Latin nonna, from Late Latin: form of address used for an elderly woman

nun2

noun
  1. the 14th letter in the Hebrew alphabet (נ or, at the end of a word, ן), transliterated as n
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Word Origin and History for nu

nun

n.

Old English nunne "nun, vestal, pagan priestess, woman devoted to religious life under vows," from Late Latin nonna "nun, tutor," originally (along with masc. nonnus) a term of address to elderly persons, perhaps from children's speech, reminiscent of nana (cf. Sanskrit nona, Persian nana "mother," Greek nanna "aunt," Serbo-Croatian nena "mother," Italian nonna, Welsh nain "grandmother;" see nanny).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

nu in Medicine

nu

(nōō, nyōō)
n.
  1. The 13th letter of the Greek alphabet.
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nu in Culture

nun

A female member of a religious order, living in a convent, whose work is confined to the convent. The term is also applied broadly to other female members of religious orders (“sisters”) who often live outside their convents and work as teachers, nurses, social workers, or administrators.

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