# N, n

[ en ]

/ ɛn /

### noun, plural N's or Ns, n's or ns.

the 14th letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.

any spoken sound represented by the letter N or n, as in now, dinner, son, etc.

something having the shape of an N.

a written or printed representation of the letter N or n.

a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter N or n.

## Definition for n (2 of 11)

## Definition for n (3 of 11)

## Definition for n (4 of 11)

N

### Symbol.

## Definition for n (5 of 11)

an

^{2}[ uh n; when stressed an ]

/ ən; when stressed æn /

### conjunction

## Definition for n (6 of 11)

n-

### Chemistry.

an abbreviated form of normal, used in the names of hydrocarbon compounds that have a normal or straight chain of carbon atoms: n-3 fatty acid.

## Definition for n (7 of 11)

## Origin of n.

^{1}

From the Latin word nātus

## Definition for n (8 of 11)

n.

^{2}## Definition for n (9 of 11)

'n

### or 'n'

[ uh n ]

/ ən /

### conjunction Pronunciation Spelling.

and: Stop 'n save. Look 'n listen.

## Definition for n (10 of 11)

N.

## Definition for n (11 of 11)

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## British Dictionary definitions for n (1 of 12)

n

### N

/ (ɛn) /

### noun plural n's, N's or Ns

the 14th letter and 11th consonant of the modern English alphabet

a speech sound represented by this letter, usually an alveolar nasal, as in nail

## British Dictionary definitions for n (2 of 12)

n

^{1}### symbol for

neutron

optics index of refraction

nano-

## British Dictionary definitions for n (3 of 12)

n

^{2}/ (ɛn) /

### determiner

an indefinite number (of)there are n objects in a box

## British Dictionary definitions for n (4 of 12)

N

### symbol for

### abbreviation for

Norway (international car registration)

## British Dictionary definitions for n (5 of 12)

An

^{1}/ (ɑːn) /

### noun

myth the Sumerian sky godBabylonian counterpart: Anu

## British Dictionary definitions for n (6 of 12)

An

^{2}### the chemical symbol for

actinon

## British Dictionary definitions for n (7 of 12)

AN

### abbreviation for

Anglo-Norman

## British Dictionary definitions for n (8 of 12)

## British Dictionary definitions for n (9 of 12)

n.

### abbreviation for

natus

neuter

new

nominative

noun

## Word Origin for n.

(for sense 1) Latin: born

## British Dictionary definitions for n (10 of 12)

an

^{1}/ (æn, unstressed ən) /

### determiner

a form of the indefinite article used before an initial vowel soundan old car; an elf; an honour

## Word Origin for an

Old English ān one

## usage for an

An was formerly often used before words that begin with h and are unstressed on the first syllable: an hotel; an historic meeting . Sometimes the initial h was not pronounced. This usage is now becoming obsolete

## British Dictionary definitions for n (11 of 12)

an

^{2}### an'

/ (æn, unstressed ən) /

### conjunction

(subordinating) an obsolete or dialect word for if See and (def. 9)

## British Dictionary definitions for n (12 of 12)

an

^{3}### the internet domain name for

Netherlands Antilles

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## Medicine definitions for n

n

### abbr.

refractive index

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## Science definitions for n (1 of 2)

N

Abbreviation of newton

The symbol for nitrogen.

## Science definitions for n (2 of 2)

nitrogen

[ nī′trə-jən ]

### N

A nonmetallic element that makes up about 78 percent of the atmosphere by volume, occurring as a colorless, odorless gas. It is a component of all proteins, making it essential for life, and it is also found in various minerals. Nitrogen is used to make ammonia, nitric acid, TNT, and fertilizers. Atomic number 7; atomic weight 14.0067; melting point -209.86°C; boiling point -195.8°C; valence 3, 5. See Periodic Table. See Note at oxygen.

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