nillest

nil

[nil]
noun
1.
nothing; naught; zero.
adjective
2.
having no value or existence: His credit rating is nil.

Origin:
1805–15; < Latin nīl, variant (by apocope) of nīlum, contraction of nihilum nothing, equivalent to ni (variant of ne not) + hīlum trifle

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nil (nɪl)
 
n
another word for nothing: used esp in the scoring of certain games
 
[C19: from Latin]

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Word Origin & History

nil
"nothing," 1833, from L. nil, contraction of nihil, nihilum "nothing," from ne- "not" (see un-) + hilum "small thing, trifle," of unknown origin.
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Slang Dictionary

NIL

/nil/ No. Used in reply to a question, particularly one asked using the `-P' convention. Most hackers assume this derives simply from LISP terminology for `false' (see also T), but NIL as a negative reply was well-established among radio hams decades before the advent of LISP. The historical connection between early hackerdom and the ham radio world was strong enough that this may have been an influence.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
NIL
nothing, I have nothing for you (shortwave transmission)
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