[nawr; unstressed ner]
- (used in negative phrases, especially after neither, to introduce the second member in a series, or any subsequent member): Neither he nor I will be there. They won't wait for you, nor for me, nor for anybody.
- (used to continue the force of a negative, as not, no, never, etc., occurring in a preceding clause): He left and I never saw him again, nor did I regret it.
- (used after an affirmative clause, or as a continuative, in the sense of and not): They are happy, nor need we worry.
- Older Use. than.
- Archaic. (used without a preceding neither, the negative force of which is understood): He nor I was there.
- Archaic. (used instead of neither as correlative to a following nor): Nor he nor I was there.
Origin of nor
1300–50; Middle English, contraction of nother, Old English nōther, equivalent to ne not + ōther (contraction of ōhwæther) either; cf. or1
- a Boolean operator that returns a positive result when both operands are negative.
Origin of NOR
- a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds which are the normal or parent forms of the compound denoted by the base words: l-norepinephrine.
Origin of nor-
short for normal
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- neither ... nor (used to join alternatives) and notneither measles nor mumps
- (foll by an auxiliary verb or have, do, or be used as main verbs) (and) not … eitherthey weren't talented — nor were they particularly funny
- dialect thanbetter nor me
- poetic neithernor wind nor rain
C13: contraction of Old English nōther, from nāhwæther neither
- indicating that a chemical compound is derived from a specified compound by removal of a group or groupsnoradrenaline
- indicating that a chemical compound is a normal isomer of a specified compound
by shortening from normal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for nor
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A precursor compound that differs from its successor by the absence of a radical group, usually methyl:norepinephrine.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Idioms and Phrases with nor
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.