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no1

[noh] /noʊ/
adverb
1.
(a negative used to express dissent, denial, or refusal, as in response to a question or request)
2.
(used to emphasize or introduce a negative statement):
Not a single person came to the party, no, not a one.
3.
not in any degree or manner; not at all (used with a comparative):
He is no better.
4.
not a (used before an adjective to convey the opposite of the adjective's meaning):
His recovery was no small miracle.
adjective
5.
not a (used before a noun to convey the opposite of the noun's meaning):
She's no beginner on the ski slopes.
noun, plural noes, nos.
6.
an utterance of the word “no.”.
7.
a denial or refusal:
He responded with a definite no.
8.
a negative vote or voter:
The noes have it.
verb (used with object)
9.
to reject, refuse approval, or express disapproval of.
verb (used without object)
10.
to express disapproval.
Idioms
11.
no can do, Informal. it can't be done.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English nā, equivalent to ne not + ā ever (see ay1)
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British Dictionary definitions for no can do

no1

/nəʊ/
sentence substitute
1.
used to express denial, disagreement, refusal, disapproval, disbelief, or acknowledgment of negative statements
2.
used with question intonation to query a previous negative statement, as in disbelief Alfred isn't dead yet. No?
noun (pl) noes, nos
3.
an answer or vote of no
4.
(often pl) a person who votes in the negative
5.
the noes have it, there is a majority of votes in the negative
6.
not take no for an answer, to continue in a course of action despite refusals
Compare yes, aye2
Word Origin
Old English nā, from ne not, no + ā ever; see ay1

no2

/nəʊ/
determiner
1.
not any, not a, or not one there's no money left, no card in the file
2.
not by a long way; not at all she's no youngster
3.
(followed by comparative adjectives and adverbs) not no fewer than forty men, no more quickly than before
4.
no go, See go1 (sense 74)
Word Origin
Old English nā, changed from nānnone1

no3

abbreviation
1.
Norway

No1

/nəʊ/
noun (pl) No, Noh
1.
the stylized classic drama of Japan, developed in the 15th century or earlier, using music, dancing, chanting, elaborate costumes, and themes from religious stories or myths
Word Origin
from Japanese talent, from Chinese neng

No2

/nəʊ/
noun
1.
Lake No, a lake in South Sudan, where the Bahr el Jebel (White Nile) is joined by the Bahr el Ghazal. Area: about 103 sq km (40 sq miles)

No3

Chemical symbol
1.
nobelium
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Word Origin and History for no can do
no
"negative reply," early 13c., from O.E. na (adv.) "never, no," from ne "not, no" + a "ever," from P.Gmc. *ne (cf. O.N., O.Fris., O.H.G. ne, Goth. ni "not"), from PIE base *ne- "no, not" (see un-). Second element from PIE *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity" (see aye (2)). As an adj. meaning "not any" (c.1200) it is reduced from O.E. nan (see none), the final -n omitted first before consonants and then altogether. No-no (n.) first attested 1942. No problem as an interjection of assurance, first attested 1963. Phrase no can do "it is not possible" is attested from 1914.
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no can do in Medicine

No 2

The symbol for the element nobelium.

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no can do in Science
No  
The symbol for nobelium.
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Slang definitions & phrases for no can do

no can do

sentence

I am unable or unwilling to do that: On that schedule? No can do

[1923+; a phrase in pidgin English probably adopted and disseminated by seamen; popularized in the 1940s by a song having the phrase as a title]


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Related Abbreviations for no can do

no

Norwegian

No

nobelium

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no can do in the Bible

or No-A'mon, the home of Amon, the name of Thebes, the ancient capital of what is called the Middle Empire, in Upper or Southern Egypt. "The multitude of No" (Jer. 46:25) is more correctly rendered, as in the Revised Version, "Amon of No", i.e., No, where Jupiter Amon had his temple. In Ezek. 30:14, 16 it is simply called "No;" but in ver. 15 the name has the Hebrew Hamon prefixed to it, "Hamon No." This prefix is probably the name simply of the god usually styled Amon or Ammon. In Nah. 3:8 the "populous No" of the Authorized Version is in the Revised Version correctly rendered "No-Amon." It was the Diospolis or Thebes of the Greeks, celebrated for its hundred gates and its vast population. It stood on both sides of the Nile, and is by some supposed to have included Karnak and Luxor. In grandeur and extent it can only be compared to Nineveh. It is mentioned only in the prophecies referred to, which point to its total destruction. It was first taken by the Assyrians in the time of Sargon (Isa. 20). It was afterwards "delivered into the hand" of Nebuchadnezzar and Assurbani-pal (Jer. 46:25, 26). Cambyses, king of the Persians (B.C. 525), further laid it waste by fire. Its ruin was completed (B.C. 81) by Ptolemy Lathyrus. The ruins of this city are still among the most notable in the valley of the Nile. They have formed a great storehouse of interesting historic remains for more than two thousand years. "As I wandered day after day with ever-growing amazement amongst these relics of ancient magnificence, I felt that if all the ruins in Europe, classical, Celtic, and medieval, were brought together into one centre, they would fall far short both in extent and grandeur of those of this single Egyptian city." Manning, The Land of the Pharaohs.

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Idioms and Phrases with no can do
It's impossible; I can't do this. For example, When Bill asked me to write a speech, I told him bluntly no can do. This colloquial phrase was first recorded in 1914.
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Encyclopedia Article for no can do

No

synthetic chemical element of the actinoid series of the periodic table, atomic number 102. Not occurring in nature, nobelium (as the isotope nobelium-254) was discovered (April 1958) by Albert Ghiorso, T. Sikkeland, J.R. Walton, and Glenn T. Seaborg at the University of California, Berkeley, as a product of the bombardment of curium (atomic number 96) with carbon ions (atomic number 6) accelerated in a heavy-ion linear accelerator. An international team of scientists working at the Nobel Institute of Physics in Stockholm had claimed less than a year before that they had synthesized the same element, which they named nobelium (for Alfred Nobel); but experiments performed in the Soviet Union (at the I.V. Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy, Moscow, and at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna) and in the United States (University of California, Berkeley) failed to confirm the discovery. The Berkeley and Dubna teams have subsequently produced more than a half dozen isotopes of nobelium; nobelium-255 (three-minute half-life) is the stablest. Using traces of this isotope, radiochemists have shown nobelium to exist in aqueous solution in both the +2 and +3 oxidation states. The +2 state is very stable, an effect more pronounced than was anticipated in comparison with the homologous lanthanoid element ytterbium (atomic number 70)

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