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.


    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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Examples from the Web for nth

Contemporary Examples of nth

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

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    Why Law & Order Is Going Away

    Rebecca Dana

    May 13, 2010

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

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    Dr. Pedophile

    Jan Crawford, Howard L. Rosenberg

    February 26, 2010

Historical Examples of nth

  • Neither would my six brothers, nor any of our descendants to the nth generation.

  • Such rank superiority irritated the soldier to the nth power.


    T.S. Stribling

  • They represent understatement to the nth when applied to the front trenches.

  • Wilkerson is not a creator, he's just nature keyed up to the nth power.

    The Heart's Kingdom

    Maria Thompson Daviess

  • Her mind was her mother's mind raised to the nth power, and enhanced by the genius she was trying to crush.

    Fanny Herself

    Edna Ferber

British Dictionary definitions for nth



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


abbreviation for

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Word Origin and History for 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


see to the nth degree.

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