nth

[ enth ]
/ ɛnθ /
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adjective

being the last in a series of infinitely decreasing or increasing values, amounts, etc.
(of an item in a series of occurrences, planned events, things used, etc., that is thought of as being infinitely large) being the latest, or most recent: This is the nth time I've told you to eat slowly.

Nearby words

  1. nspcc,
  2. nsu,
  3. nsw,
  4. nt,
  5. nt. wt.,
  6. ntia,
  7. nto,
  8. ntp,
  9. nts,
  10. ntsb

Idioms

    the nth degree/power,
    1. a high degree or power.
    2. the utmost degree or extent: The new hotel was luxurious to the nth degree.

Origin of nth

First recorded in 1850–55; N (symbol, def. 5) + -th2
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British Dictionary definitions for nth (1 of 2)

nth

/ (ɛnθ) /

adjective

maths of or representing an unspecified ordinal number, usually the greatest in a series of valuesthe nth power
informal being the last, most recent, or most extreme of a long seriesfor the nth time, eat your lunch!
to the nth degree informal to the utmost extreme; as much as possible

British Dictionary definitions for nth (2 of 2)

Nth


abbreviation for

North
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Word Origin and History for nth

nth


1852, in phrase to the nth, figurative use of a mathematical term indicating indefinite number, in which n is an abbreviation for number (n.).

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Idioms and Phrases with nth

nth


see to the nth degree.

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