a dry fruit consisting of an edible kernel or meat enclosed in a woody or leathery shell.
the kernel itself.
Botany. a hard, indehiscent, one-seeded fruit, as the chestnut or the acorn.
any of various devices or ornaments resembling a nut.
a block, usually of metal and generally square or hexagonal, perforated with a threaded hole so that it can be screwed down on a bolt to hold together objects through which the bolt passes.
Slang. the head.
a person who is very enthusiastic about something; buff; enthusiast; devotee: He's a real circus nut.
an extremely concerned or zealous person: My boss is a nut on double-checking everything.
a foolish, silly, or eccentric person.
an insane person; psychotic.
Slang: Vulgar. a testis.
the operating expenses, usually figured weekly, of a theatrical production or other commercial enterprise; a break-even point.
the total cost of producing a theatrical production or of forming and opening any new business venture.
Music. (in instruments of the violin family)
the ledge, as of ebony, at the upper end of the fingerboard, over which the strings pass.
the movable piece at the lower end of the bow, by means of which the hairs may be slackened or tightened.
Printing. en (def. 2).
to seek for or gather nuts: to go nutting in late autumn.
Idioms about nut
from soup to nuts. soup (def. 7).
hard nut to crack, : Also tough nut to crack .
a problem difficult to solve; a formidable undertaking.
a person difficult to know, understand, or convince.
off one's nut, Slang.
Sometimes Offensive. foolish, silly, or insane.
mistaken or wrong: You're off your nut if you think such a plan can succeed.
- nutlike, adjective
Other definitions for Nut (2 of 3)
the goddess of the sky, sometimes shown as a cow bearing Ra on her back and the stars on her underside.
Other definitions for N.U.T. (3 of 3)
National Union of Teachers.
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How to use nut in a sentence
When Yi and Ambopteryx first appeared in the late Jurassic Period, they could feast on seeds, insects, and small nuts without much competition.Dinosaurs may have evolved into birds, but early flights didn’t go so well | Kate Baggaley | October 23, 2020 | Popular-Science
Schneider’s strategy emphasizes the kinds of nuts-and-bolts of energy management capabilities that clients demand as they chart out an emissions-cutting strategy.This electricity giant’s stock is booming as the corporate world gets serious about its ‘net zero’ goals | kdunn6 | October 20, 2020 | Fortune
Aiming to distinguish itself from other vegan ice cream makers, Eclipse makes its ice cream base in a kitchen, not a lab, using only whole, sustainable ingredients—no GMOs, no nuts, no soy, no coconut, and no gluten.This plant-based ice cream startup celebrated its first summer season during a pandemic | Rachel King | October 12, 2020 | Fortune
Using a book like Peterson’s Field Guide to Wild Edible Plants can help you to safely identify and prepare tree nuts, seeds, roots and many other edible plant parts.
The network then groups items together so it can understand, for example, that trail mix has more in common with dried fruit or nuts than it does with coffee.
Beech-nut is still in existence, and is the third largest baby food manufacturer in the United States.The Flying Sorcery of Dr. Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Marvel's Most Bizarre Magician | Rich Goldstein | December 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
White King Soap sponsored the show on the West Coast, and Beech-nut Gum in the East.The Flying Sorcery of Dr. Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Marvel's Most Bizarre Magician | Rich Goldstein | December 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Donbass region is a harder nut to crack—the Ukrainians are determined to keep it.Putin Is Lying on Ukraine—and the West Can’t Stop Him | Jamie Dettmer | November 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
During the first 32 minutes of Left Behind, the message is this: Christians are nut jobs.‘Left Behind’ Review: Nicolas Cage’s Bible Movie Is God-Awful | Matthew Paul Turner | October 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bob McDonnell went from GOP family-values godsend to blaming everything on his ‘nut bag’ wife.The Religious Right's 'Nice Guy' Who Threw His Wife Under the Bus | Patricia Murphy | September 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This was a hard nut to crack, if his past were not to be ruthlessly severed from Angel's by a word.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
It is prepared from the nut of the areca palm, one of the most beautiful trees in the world.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
For each guest there was a cocoa-nut shell, half-filled with miti, a sourish beverage extracted from the cocoa-palm.
We had each of us a fresh cocoa-nut with a hole bored in it, containing at least a pint of clear, sweet-tasting water.
It is about the size of a nut, with a brown verrucous outside; the edible part is white and tender, and the kernel black.
British Dictionary definitions for nut (1 of 2)
a dry one-seeded indehiscent fruit that usually possesses a woody wall
(not in technical use) any similar fruit, such as the walnut, having a hard shell and an edible kernel
the edible kernel of such a fruit
an eccentric person
a person who is mentally disturbed
a slang word for head (def. 1)
do one's nut British slang to be extremely angry; go into a rage
off one's nut slang mad, crazy, or foolish
a person or thing that presents difficulties (esp in the phrase a tough or hard nut to crack)
a small square or hexagonal block, usu. metal, with a threaded hole through the middle for screwing on the end of a bolt
mountaineering a variously shaped small metal block, usually a wedge or hexagonal prism (originally an ordinary engineer's nut) with a wire or rope loop attached, for jamming into a crack to provide security: Also called: chock
Also called (US and Canadian): frog music
the ledge or ridge at the upper end of the fingerboard of a violin, cello, etc, over which the strings pass to the tuning pegs
the end of a violin bow that is held by the player
printing another word for en
a small usually gingery biscuit
British a small piece of coal
(intr) to gather nuts
(tr) slang to butt (someone) with the head
- See also nuts
- nutlike, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for NUT (2 of 2)
National Union of Teachers
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Scientific definitions for nut
A dry, indehiscent simple fruit consisting of one seed surrounded by a hard and thick pericarp (fruit wall). The seed does not adhere to the pericarp but is connected to it by the funiculus. A nut is similar to an achene but larger. Acorns, beechnuts, chestnuts, and hazelnuts are true nuts. Informally, other edible seeds or dry fruits enclosed in a hard or leathery shell are also called nuts, though they are not true nuts. For instance, an almond kernel is actually the seed of a drupe. Its familiar whitish shell is an endocarp found within the greenish fruit of the almond tree. Peanuts are actually individual seeds from a seed pod called a legume.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with nut
In addition to the idioms beginning with nuts
- nuts about, be
- nuts and bolts, the
- drive someone crazy (nuts)
- from soup to nuts
- hard nut to crack
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