[ enth ]


  1. being the last in a series of infinitely decreasing or increasing values, amounts, etc.
  2. (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.



abbreviation for

  1. North



/ ɛnθ /


  1. maths of or representing an unspecified ordinal number, usually the greatest in a series of values

    the nth power

  2. informal.
    being the last, most recent, or most extreme of a long series

    for the nth time, eat your lunch!

  3. to the nth degree informal.
    to the utmost extreme; as much as possible

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Word History and Origins

Origin of nth1

First recorded in 1850–55; N (the symbol in mathematics) + -th 2

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. 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.

More idioms and phrases containing nth

see to the nth degree .

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Example Sentences

This nth-dimensional complexity almost dictates that longevity research needs to self-segregate into lanes.

And so for the nth time, NBC is threatening to leave Dick, this time for good.

And I think that code was upheld to the nth degree in this case.

She is aristocratic to the nth degree, and is never over done; courage she has, but no ostentation.

Mr. Lewes has just been in to speak to me, and begs me to say that he hopes baby is raised to the nth power.

He felt slightly dismayed to 96have his unspoken principles carried to this nth power.

Chiefly, he was conscious of a peculiar and cruel pain that made him hollow; it was like homesickness raised to the nth degree.

To lift his sufferings to the nth power, that guide went to sleep and actually snored.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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