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N, n

[en] /ɛn/
noun, plural N's or Ns, n's or ns.
1.
the 14th letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
2.
any spoken sound represented by the letter N or n, as in now, dinner, son, etc.
3.
something having the shape of an N .
4.
a written or printed representation of the letter N or n.
5.
a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter N or n.

'n

or 'n'

[uh n] /ən/
conjunction, Pronunciation Spelling.
1.
and:
Stop 'n save. Look 'n listen.

N

1.
Physics. newton; newtons.
2.
3.

N

Symbol.
1.
the 14th in order or in a series, or, when I is omitted, the 13th.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) the medieval Roman numeral for 90.
Compare Roman numerals.
3.
Chemistry, nitrogen.
4.
Biochemistry, asparagine.
5.
Mathematics. an indefinite, constant whole number, especially the degree of a quantic or an equation, or the order of a curve.
6.
Chess. knight.
7.
Printing. en.
8.
Chemistry, Avogadro's number.

n

Symbol.
1.
Physics. neutron.
2.

n-

Chemistry
1.
an abbreviated form of normal, used in the names of hydrocarbon compounds that have a normal or straight chain of carbon atoms:
n-3 fatty acid.

-n

1.
variant of -an after a vowel:
Virginian.

N.

2.
Navy.
3.
New.
4.
Noon.
5.
Chemistry. normal (strength solution).
6.
7.
8.
9.
Finance. note.
10.

n.1

1.
born.
Origin of n.1
< Latin nātus

n.2

1.
name.
2.
3.
Commerce, net.
4.
5.
new.
7.
noon.
8.
Chemistry. normal (strength solution).
9.
10.
11.
Finance. note.
12.
noun.
13.

an2

[uh n; when stressed an] /ən; when stressed æn/
conjunction
1.
Pronunciation Spelling. and.
2.
Archaic. if.
Also, an', 'n, 'n'.
Origin
1125-75; Middle English, unstressed phonetic variant of and
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Examples from the Web for n
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Among my notes, I find mention of a little house near this same village of n——e, which was reputed to be haunted.

    Stranger Than Fiction Mary L. Lewes
  • now, I want you should listen 'cause I'm going to tell you jes' how it is n' then you'll understand.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Cynthia gazed in amaze at the Bo's'n, as if he were speaking a new tongue.

    Latitude 19 degree Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
  • D--n the rogues; I thought at one time they had me in a category!

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • I d'n' know 's I ever enjoyed rappin' no one over the knuckles more 'n I did him.

British Dictionary definitions for n

n

/ɛn/
noun (pl) n's, N's, Ns
1.
the 14th letter and 11th consonant of the modern English alphabet
2.
a speech sound represented by this letter, usually an alveolar nasal, as in nail

n1

symbol
1.
neutron
2.
(optics) index of refraction
3.
nano-

n2

/ɛn/
determiner
1.
an indefinite number (of): there are n objects in a box

N

symbol
1.
(chess) Also kt. knight
2.
neper
3.
neutral
4.
newton(s)
5.
(chem) nitrogen
6.
North
7.
Avogadro's number
8.
noun
abbreviation
9.
Norway (international car registration)

an1

/æn; unstressed ən/
determiner
1.
a form of the indefinite article used before an initial vowel sound: an old car, an elf, an honour
Usage note
An was formerly often used before words that begin with h and are unstressed on the first syllable: an hotel; an historic meeting. Sometimes the initial h was not pronounced. This usage is now becoming obsolete
Word Origin
Old English ānone

an2

/æn; unstressed ən/
conjunction
1.
(subordinating) an obsolete or dialect word for if See and (sense 9)

an3

abbreviation
1.
Netherlands Antilles

An1

/ɑːn/
noun
1.
(myth) the Sumerian sky god Babylonian counterpart Anu

An2

Chemical symbol
1.
actinon

AN

abbreviation
1.
Anglo-Norman

n-

prefix
1.
(chem) short for normal (sense 6)

n.

abbreviation
1.
natus
2.
neuter
3.
new
4.
nominative
5.
noun
Word Origin
(for sense 1) Latin: born
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Word Origin and History for n

N

in nickname, newt, and British dialectal naunt, the -n- belongs to a preceding indefinite article an or possessive pronoun mine.

Other examples of this from Middle English manuscripts include a neilond ("an island," early 13c.), a narawe ("an arrow," c.1400), a nox ("an ox," c.1400), a noke ("an oak," early 15c.), a nappyle ("an apple," early 15c.), a negge ("an egg," 15c.). In 16c., an idiot sometimes became a nidiot, which, with still-common casual pronunciation, became nidget, which, alas, has not survived.

The process also worked in surnames, from oblique cases of Old English at "by, near," e.g. Nock/Nokes/Noaks from atten Oke "by the oak;" Nye from atten ye "near the lowland;" and cf. Nashville.

But it is more common for an English word to lose an -n- to a preceding a: apron, auger, adder, umpire, humble pie, etc. The mathematical use of n for "an indefinite number" is first recorded 1852, in to the nth power.

an

indefinite article before words beginning with vowels, 12c., from Old English an (with a long vowel) "one; lone," also used as a prefix an- "single, lone;" see one for the divergence of that word from this. Also see a, of which this is the older, fuller form.

In other European languages, identity between indefinite article and the word for "one" remains explicit (e.g. French un, German ein, etc.) Old English got by without indefinite articles: He was a good man in Old English was he wæs god man. Circa 15c., a and an commonly were written as one word with the following noun, which contributed to the confusion over how such words as newt and umpire ought to be divided (see N).

In Shakespeare, etc., an sometimes is a contraction of as if (a usage first attested c.1300), especially before it.

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n in Medicine

n 2
abbr.
refractive index

N 1

The symbol for the element nitrogen.

N 2
abbr.
newton

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n in Science
N  
  1. Abbreviation of newton

  2. The symbol for nitrogen.


nitrogen
  (nī'trə-jən)   
Symbol N
A nonmetallic element that makes up about 78 percent of the atmosphere by volume, occurring as a colorless, odorless gas. It is a component of all proteins, making it essential for life, and it is also found in various minerals. Nitrogen is used to make ammonia, nitric acid, TNT, and fertilizers. Atomic number 7; atomic weight 14.0067; melting point -209.86°C; boiling point -195.8°C; valence 3, 5. See Periodic Table. See Note at oxygen.
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n in Technology

mathematics, programming, jargon
A variable typically used to stand for a number of objects.
Used unqualified in speech it suggests a large, undetermined number, e.g. "There were N bugs in that crock!", or a number implied by context, e.g. "Let's get pizza for N + 1".
[Jargon File]
(2006-04-18)

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Related Abbreviations for n

n

1.
indefinite number
2.
neuter
3.
neutron
4.
new
5.
normal
6.
note

N

1.
en
2.
knight
3.
name
4.
needs improvement
5.
Newton
6.
New York Stock Exchange
7.
nitrogen
8.
no (shortwave transmission)
9.
nominative
10.
noon
11.
north
12.
northern
13.
Norway (international vehicle ID)
14.
not (shortwave transmission)
15.
noun

AN

1.
airman, Navy
2.
Anglo-Norman
3.
Associate in Nursing

n.

1.
footnote
2.
Latin natus (born)
3.
net
4.
note
5.
noun

N.

Norse
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