nil

[ nil ]
/ nɪl /

noun

nothing; naught; zero.

adjective

having no value or existence: His credit rating is nil.

Origin of nil

1805–15; < Latin nīl, variant (by apocope) of nīlum, contraction of nihilum nothing, equivalent to ni (variant of ne not) + hīlum trifle

Definition for nil (2 of 3)

nil admirari

[ neel ahd-mee-rah-ree; English nil ad-mi-rair-ahy, -rair-ee ]
/ ˈnil ˌɑd miˈrɑ ri; English ˈnɪl ˌæd mɪˈrɛər aɪ, -ˈrɛər i /

Latin.

to wonder at nothing.

Definition for nil (3 of 3)

nil desperandum

[ neel des-pe-rahn-doo m; English nil des-puh-ran-duh m ]
/ ˈnil ˌdɛs pɛˈrɑn dʊm; English ˈnɪl ˌdɛs pəˈræn dəm /

Latin.

never despair.
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British Dictionary definitions for nil (1 of 2)

nil

/ (nɪl) /

noun

another word for nothing: used esp in the scoring of certain games

Word Origin for nil

C19: from Latin

British Dictionary definitions for nil (2 of 2)

nil desperandum

/ (ˈnɪl ˌdɛspəˈrændəm) /

sentence substitute

never despair

Word Origin for nil desperandum

from Latin, literally: nothing to be despaired of
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