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)

n


Symbol.

Physics. neutron.

Definition for n (3 of 11)

N


Physics. newton; newtons.

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

Pronunciation Spelling. and.
Archaic. if.
Also an', 'n, 'n'.

Origin of an

2
1125–75; Middle English, unstressed phonetic variant of and

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)

-n


variant of -an after a vowel: Virginian.
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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)

n-


prefix

chem short for normal (def. 6)

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

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

[ nītrə-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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