[ nawr; unstressed ner ]
/ nɔr; unstressed nər /
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(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, asnot, 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.
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Origin of nor
1300–50; Middle English, contraction of nother,Old English nōther, equivalent to ne not + ōther (contraction of ōhwæther) either; cf. or1
grammar notes for nor
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[ nawr ]
/ nɔr /
a Boolean operator that returns a positive result when both operands are negative.
Origin of NOR
Other definitions for nor (3 of 5)
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
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How to use nor in a sentence
Perhaps though, no city was as silently-failing-nor-publically-rehabilitating as Las Vegas.A Tech Millionaire Bets on the Urban Revival of Downtown Las Vegas|Sarah Kunst|January 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We are introduced successively to the Palestinian, the Assimilator, and the Neither-here-nor-there.
Abnormal, ab-nor′mal, adj. not normal or according to rule: irregular—also Abnor′mous.
I have experienced many sandstorms in Takla-makan and the Lob-nor desert, but hardly any so bad as this was.
He gave me also much valuable information about the country round Nam-tso or Tengri-nor, where he was born.
Swinburne dismisses him in two lines: Maximilian is a good-natured, neither here-nor-there kind of youth.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume I (of 3)|Alexander Wheelock Thayer
British Dictionary definitions for nor (1 of 2)
/ (nɔː, unstressed nə) /
conjunction, preposition (coordinating)
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
Word Origin for nor
C13: contraction of Old English nōther, from nāhwæther neither
British Dictionary definitions for nor (2 of 2)
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
Word Origin for nor-
by shortening from normal
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Other Idioms and Phrases with nor
see hide nor hair; neither fish nor fowl; neither here nor there; rhyme or reason (neither rhyme nor reason).
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