nit

1
[ nit ]
/ nɪt /

noun

the egg of a parasitic insect, especially of a louse, often attached to a hair or a fiber of clothing.
the young of such an insect.

Nearby words

  1. nissan,
  2. nissen hut,
  3. nissl substance,
  4. nistru,
  5. nisus,
  6. nit-lamp,
  7. nit-pick,
  8. nit-picking,
  9. nit-picky,
  10. nitchie

Origin of nit

1
before 900; Middle English nite, Old English hnitu, cognate with Dutch neet, German Niss, Norwegian nit

nit

2
[ nit ]
/ nɪt /

noun Physics.

a unit of luminous intensity equal to one candela per square meter. Abbreviation: nt

Origin of nit

2
1950–55; extracted from Latin nitor brightness; see nitid, -or1

nit

3
[ nit ]
/ nɪt /

noun Chiefly British.

a nitwit.

Origin of nit

3
by shortening

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British Dictionary definitions for nit

nit

1
/ (nɪt) /

noun

the egg of a louse, especially when adhering to human hair
the larva of a louse or similar insect

Word Origin for nit

Old English hnitu; related to Dutch neet, Old High German hniz

noun

a unit of luminance equal to 1 candela per square metre

Word Origin for nit

C20: from Latin nitor brightness

noun

informal, mainly British short for nitwit

noun

a unit of information equal to 1.44 bitsAlso called: nepit

Word Origin for nit

C20: from N (apierian dig) it

noun

keep nit Australian informal to keep watch, esp during illegal activity

Word Origin for nit

C19: from nix 1

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Word Origin and History for nit

nit

n.

Old English hnitu "louse egg, nit," from Proto-Germanic *khnito (cf. Norwegian nit, Middle Dutch nete, Dutch neet, Middle High German niz, German Niß), from PIE root *knid- "egg of a louse" (cf. Russian, Polish gnida, Czech knida; Greek konidos, genitive konis "egg of a louse").

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Medicine definitions for nit

nit

[ nĭt ]

n.

The egg or young of a parasitic insect, such as a louse.

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