1. Not anything; no thing (in the widest sense of the word thing); opposed to anything and something. "Yet had his aspect nothing of severe." (Dryden)

2. Nonexistence; nonentity; absence of being; nihility; nothingness.

3. A thing of no account, value, or note; something irrelevant and impertinent; something of comparative unimportance; utter insignificance; a trifle. "Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought." (Is. Xli. 24) "'T is nothing, says the fool; but, says the friend, This nothing, sir, will bring you to your end." (Dryden)

4. <mathematics> A cipher; naught. Nothing but, only; no more than. To make nothing of. To make no difficulty of; to consider as trifling or important. "We are industrious to preserve our bodies from slavery, but we make nothing of suffering our souls to be slaves to our lusts." . Not to understand; as, I could make nothing of what he said.

Origin: From no, a. + thing.

(01 Mar 1998)

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