(a negative used to express dissent, denial, or refusal, as in response to a question or request)
(used to emphasize or introduce a negative statement): Not a single person came to the party, no, not a one.
not in any degree or manner; not at all (used with a comparative): He is no better.
not a (used before an adjective to convey the opposite of the adjective's meaning): His recovery was no small miracle.
not a (used before a noun to convey the opposite of the noun's meaning): She's no beginner on the ski slopes.
an utterance of the word “no.”
a denial or refusal: He responded with a definite no.
a negative vote or voter: The noes have it.
to reject, refuse approval, or express disapproval of.
to express disapproval.
Idioms about no
no can do, Informal. it can't be done.
Other definitions for no (2 of 7)
not any: no money.
not at all; far from being: He is no genius.
Other definitions for No (3 of 7)
Lake, a lake in the Sudd region of S central Sudan, formed by the floodwaters of the White Nile. About 40 sq. mi. (100 sq. km).
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Other definitions for Nō (5 of 7)
classic drama of Japan, developed chiefly in the 14th century, employing verse, prose, choral song, and dance in highly conventionalized formal and thematic patterns derived from religious sources and folk myths.
- Also called Nogaku .
- Compare kabuki.
Other definitions for no. (6 of 7)
Other definitions for N/O (7 of 7)
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How to use no in a sentence
Or has the see and hear and speak-no-evil stance of the Republican House persuaded him that he is in the clear?
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Riffing off the slogan “Now Everyone Can Fly,” the carrier offered no-frills flights that were both cheap and plentiful.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370 | Lennox Samuels | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And why would its ostensible spokesperson refuse to answer yes/no questions about them?How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline | Jay Michaelson | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Because Wright was a no-show in criminal court to face the loud music and pot bust he already had an outstanding warrant.
My no. 4239 addressed to Maxwell and repeated to you was sent before receiving your telegram under reply.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
He was a new breed, that parson, a genuwine no-two-alike, come-one-in-a-box kind.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher | Eleanor Gates
A pupil had loaned money to a horse-dealer who lived at no. 715 of a certain street.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Papa, can't I go to the zoologerical rooms to see the camomile fight the rhy-no-sir-ee-hoss?The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
On her hand was one large pustulous sore, which resembled that delinated in Plate no. 1.An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae | Edward Jenner
British Dictionary definitions for no (1 of 9)
used to express denial, disagreement, refusal, disapproval, disbelief, or acknowledgment of negative statements
used with question intonation to query a previous negative statement, as in disbelief: Alfred isn't dead yet. No?
an answer or vote of no
(often plural) a person who votes in the negative
the noes have it there is a majority of votes in the negative
not take no for an answer to continue in a course of action despite refusals
British Dictionary definitions for no (2 of 9)
not any, not a, or not one: there's no money left; no card in the file
not by a long way; not at all: she's no youngster
(followed by comparative adjectives and adverbs) not: no fewer than forty men; no more quickly than before
no go See go 1 (def. 74)
British Dictionary definitions for no (3 of 9)
British Dictionary definitions for no' (4 of 9)
British Dictionary definitions for No (5 of 9)
the stylized classic drama of Japan, developed in the 15th century or earlier, using music, dancing, chanting, elaborate costumes, and themes from religious stories or myths
British Dictionary definitions for No (6 of 9)
Lake No a lake in South Sudan, where the Bahr el Jebel (White Nile) is joined by the Bahr el Ghazal. Area: about 103 sq km (40 sq miles)
British Dictionary definitions for No (7 of 9)
British Dictionary definitions for n.o. (8 of 9)
British Dictionary definitions for No. (9 of 9)
Also: no plural Nos or nos number
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Scientific definitions for No
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Other Idioms and Phrases with no
In addition to the idioms beginning with no
- no accounting for tastes, there's
- no buts
- no call for
- no can do
- nodding acquaintance
- no dice
- nod off
- no doubt
- no end
- no flies on one
- no fool like an old fool, there's
- no go
- no good
- no great shakes
- no hard feelings
- no holds barred
- no ifs or buts
- no joke
- no kidding
- no longer
- no love lost
- no man is an island
- no matter
- no matter how you slice it
- none of one's business
- none of the above
- none other than
- none the wiser
- none the worse for
- none too
- no news is good news
- no offense
- no pain, no gain
- no picnic
- no problem
- nose about
- nose in
- nose in a book, have one's
- nose in the air, have one's
- nose into
- nose out
- nose out of joint, have one's
- nose to the grindstone, keep one's
- no shit
- no sir
- no skin off one's nose
- no smoke without fire, there's
- no soap
- no sooner said than done
- no spring chicken
- no stomach for, have
- no strings attached
- no such thing
- no sweat
- no telling
- no thanks to
- no time at all
- no time for, have
- no time like the present, there's
- no two ways about it
- no use crying over spilt milk
- no use, it's
- no way
- no wonder
- all talk (and no action)
- all work and no play
- by no means
- close but no cigar
- come to an end (to no good)
- cut no ice
- do any (no) good
- feel no pain
- hell has no fury
- hold no brief for
- in no case
- in no time
- in no uncertain terms
- leave no stone unturned
- less than (no time)
- long time no see
- lose (no) time
- make no bones about
- make no difference
- make no mistake
- money is no object
- none of one's (have no) business
- point of no return
- pull no punches
- rolling stone gathers no moss
- shadow of a doubt, no
- take no for an answer
- there's no telling
- to little (no) purpose
- to no avail
- under any (no) circumstances
- up to no good
- yes and no
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