4 letter word starting with n

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nabk noun The edible berries of the Zizyphys Lotus, a tree of Northern Africa, and Southwestern Europe.
naid noun Any one of numerous species of small, fresh-water, chaetopod annelids of the tribe Naidina. They belong to the Oligochaeta.
naif adjective Having a true natural luster without being cut; — applied by jewelers to a precious stone., Naive; as, a naif remark.
naik noun A chief; a leader; a Sepoy corporal.
nail noun the horny scale of plate of epidermis at the end of the fingers and toes of man and many apes., The basal thickened portion of the anterior wings of certain hemiptera., The terminal horny plate on the beak of ducks, and other allied birds., A slender, pointed piece of metal, usually with a head, used for fastening pieces of wood or other material together, by being driven into or through them., A measure of length, being two inches and a quarter, or the sixteenth of a yard., To fasten with a nail or nails; to close up or secure by means of nails; as, to nail boards to the beams., To stud or boss with nails, or as with nails., To fasten, as with a nail; to bind or hold, as to a bargain or to acquiescence in an argument or assertion; hence, to catch; to trap., To spike, as a cannon.
nais noun See Naiad.
nake verbt. To make naked.
nale noun Ale; also, an alehouse.
nall noun An awl.
name noun The title by which any person or thing is known or designated; a distinctive specific appellation, whether of an individual or a class., A descriptive or qualifying appellation given to a person or thing, on account of a character or acts., Reputed character; reputation, good or bad; estimation; fame; especially, illustrious character or fame; honorable estimation; distinction., Those of a certain name; a race; a family., A person, an individual., To give a distinctive name or appellation to; to entitle; to denominate; to style; to call., To mention by name; to utter or publish the name of; to refer to by distinctive title; to mention., To designate by name or specifically for any purpose; to nominate; to specify; to appoint; as, to name a day for the wedding., To designate (a member) by name, as the Speaker does by way of reprimand.
namo adverb No more.
naos noun A term used by modern archaeologists instead of cella. See Cella.
nape noun The back part of the neck.
napu noun A very small chevrotain (Tragulus Javanicus), native of Java. It is about the size of a hare, and is noted for its agility in leaping. Called also Java musk deer, pygmy musk deer, and deerlet.
nard noun An East Indian plant (Nardostachys Jatamansi) of the Valerian family, used from remote ages in Oriental perfumery., An ointment prepared partly from this plant. See Spikenard., A kind of grass (Nardus stricta) of little value, found in Europe and Asia.
nare noun A nostril.
nart Art not.
nash adjective Firm; stiff; hard; also, chilly.
nath hath not.
nave noun The block in the center of a wheel, from which the spokes radiate, and through which the axle passes; — called also hub or hob., The navel., The middle or body of a church, extending from the transepts to the principal entrances, or, if there are no transepts, from the choir to the principal entrance, but not including the aisles.
navy noun A fleet of ships; an assemblage of merchantmen, or so many as sail in company., The whole of the war vessels belonging to a nation or ruler, considered collectively; as, the navy of Italy., The officers and men attached to the war vessels of a nation; as, he belongs to the navy.
nawl noun An awl.
nays plural of Nay
nayt verb t. To refuse; to deny.
naze noun A promotory or headland.
neaf noun See 2d Neif., The fist.
neal verb t. To anneal., To be tempered by heat.
neap noun The tongue or pole of a cart or other vehicle drawn by two animals., Low., A neap tide.
near adverb At a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree; not remote; nigh., Nearly; almost; well-nigh., Closely; intimately., Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote; close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh., Closely connected or related., Close to one’s interests, affection, etc.; touching, or affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend., Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling; as, a version near to the original., So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow; as, a near escape., Next to the driver, when he is on foot; in the Unted States, on the left of an animal or a team; as, the near ox; the near leg. See Off side, under Off, a., Immediate; direct; close; short., Close-fisted; parsimonious., Adjacent to; close by; not far from; nigh; as, the ship sailed near the land. See the Note under near, a., To approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land., To draw near; to approach.
neat noun sing. & pl. Cattle of the genus Bos, as distinguished from horses, sheep, and goats; an animal of the genus Bos; as, a neat’s tongue; a neat’s foot., Of or pertaining to the genus Bos, or to cattle of that genus; as, neat cattle., Free from that which soils, defiles, or disorders; clean; cleanly; tidy., Free from what is unbecoming, inappropriate, or tawdry; simple and becoming; pleasing with simplicity; tasteful; chaste; as, a neat style; a neat dress., Free from admixture or adulteration; good of its kind; as, neat brandy., Excellent in character, skill, or performance, etc.; nice; finished; adroit; as, a neat design; a neat thief., With all deductions or allowances made; net. [In this sense usually written net. See Net, a., 3.]
neck noun The part of an animal which connects the head and the trunk, and which, in man and many other animals, is more slender than the trunk., Any part of an inanimate object corresponding to or resembling the neck of an animal, The long slender part of a vessel, as a retort, or of a fruit, as a gourd., A long narrow tract of land projecting from the main body, or a narrow tract connecting two larger tracts., That part of a violin, guitar, or similar instrument, which extends from the head to the body, and on which is the finger board or fret board., A reduction in size near the end of an object, formed by a groove around it; as, a neck forming the journal of a shaft., the point where the base of the stem of a plant arises from the root., To reduce the diameter of (an object) near its end, by making a groove around it; — used with down; as, to neck down a shaft., To kiss and caress amorously.
need noun A state that requires supply or relief; pressing occasion for something; necessity; urgent want., Want of the means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution., That which is needful; anything necessary to be done; (pl.) necessary things; business., Situation of need; peril; danger., To be in want of; to have cause or occasion for; to lack; to require, as supply or relief., To be wanted; to be necessary., Of necessity. See Needs.
neer adverb & adjective Nearer.
neif noun Alt. of Neife, Alt. of Neaf
nems noun The ichneumon.
neo- A prefix meaning new, recent, late; and in chemistry designating specifically that variety of metameric hydrocarbons which, when the name was applied, had been recently classified, and in which at least one carbon atom in connected directly with four other carbon atoms; — contrasted with normal and iso-; as, neopentane; the neoparaffins. Also used adjectively.
nepa noun A genus of aquatic hemipterus insects. The species feed upon other insects and are noted for their voracity; — called also scorpion bug and water scorpion.
nere Were not.
nero noun A Roman emperor notorius for debauchery and barbarous cruelty; hence, any profligate and cruel ruler or merciless tyrant.
nese noun Nose.
nesh adjective Soft; tender; delicate.
ness noun A promontory; a cape; a headland.
nest noun The bed or receptacle prepared by a fowl for holding her eggs and for hatching and rearing her young., Hence: the place in which the eggs of other animals, as insects, turtles, etc., are laid and hatched; a snug place in which young animals are reared., A snug, comfortable, or cozy residence or situation; a retreat, or place of habitual resort; hence, those who occupy a nest, frequent a haunt, or are associated in the same pursuit; as, a nest of traitors; a nest of bugs., An aggregated mass of any ore or mineral, in an isolated state, within a rock., A collection of boxes, cases, or the like, of graduated size, each put within the one next larger., A compact group of pulleys, gears, springs, etc., working together or collectively., To build and occupy a nest., To put into a nest; to form a nest for.
neve noun The upper part of a glacier, above the limit or perpetual snow. See Galcier.
news n A report of recent occurences; information of something that has lately taken place, or of something before unknown; fresh tindings; recent intelligence., Something strange or newly happened., A bearer of news; a courier; a newspaper.
newt noun Any one of several species of small aquatic salamanders. The common British species are the crested newt (Triton cristatus) and the smooth newt (Lophinus punctatus). In America, Diemictylus viridescens is one of the most abundant species.
next superl. Nearest in place; having no similar object intervening., Nearest in time; as, the next day or hour., Adjoining in a series; immediately preceding or following in order., Nearest in degree, quality, rank, right, or relation; as, the next heir was an infant., In the time, place, or order nearest or immediately suceeding; as, this man follows next.
nias noun A young hawk; an eyas; hence, an unsophisticated person.
nice superl. Foolish; silly; simple; ignorant; also, weak; effeminate., Of trifling moment; nimportant; trivial., Overscrupulous or exacting; hard to please or satisfy; fastidious in small matters., Delicate; refined; dainty; pure., Apprehending slight differences or delicate distinctions; distinguishing accurately or minutely; carefully discriminating; as, a nice taste or judgment., Done or made with careful labor; suited to excite admiration on account of exactness; evidencing great skill; exact; fine; finished; as, nice proportions, nice workmanship, a nice application; exactly or fastidiously discriminated; requiring close discrimination; as, a nice point of law, a nice distinction in philosophy., Pleasing; agreeable; gratifying; delightful; good; as, a nice party; a nice excursion; a nice person; a nice day; a nice sauce, etc.
nick noun An evil spirit of the waters., A notch cut into something, A score for keeping an account; a reckoning., A notch cut crosswise in the shank of a type, to assist a compositor in placing it properly in the stick, and in distribution., A broken or indented place in any edge or surface; nicks in china., A particular point or place considered as marked by a nick; the exact point or critical moment., To make a nick or nicks in; to notch; to keep count of or upon by nicks; as, to nick a stick, tally, etc., To mar; to deface; to make ragged, as by cutting nicks or notches in., To suit or fit into, as by a correspondence of nicks; to tally with., To hit at, or in, the nick; to touch rightly; to strike at the precise point or time., To make a cross cut or cuts on the under side of (the tail of a horse, in order to make him carry ir higher)., To nickname; to style.
nide noun A nestful; a brood; as, a nide of pheasants.
nidi plural of Nidus
nief noun See Neif, the fist.
nigh superl. Not distant or remote in place or time; near., Not remote in degree, kindred, circumstances, etc.; closely allied; intimate., In a situation near in place or time, or in the course of events; near., Almost; nearly; as, he was nigh dead., To draw nigh (to); to approach; to come near., Near to; not remote or distant from.
nile noun The great river of Egypt.
nill verb t. Not to will; to refuse; to reject., To be unwilling; to refuse to act., Shining sparks thrown off from melted brass., Scales of hot iron from the forge.
nilt Wilt not.
nome of Nim, A province or political division, as of modern Greece or ancient Egypt; a nomarchy., Any melody determined by inviolable rules., See Term., Alt. of Nomen
nine adjective Eight and one more; one less than ten; as, nine miles., The number greater than eight by a unit; nine units or objects., A symbol representing nine units, as 9 or ix.
nipt of Nip
nisi conj. Unless; if not.
noes plural of No
noah noun A patriarch of Biblical history, in the time of the Deluge.
nock noun A notch., The upper fore corner of a boom sail or of a trysail., To notch; to fit to the string, as an arrow; to string, as a bow.
node noun A knot, a knob; a protuberance; a swelling., One of the two points where the orbit of a planet, or comet, intersects the ecliptic, or the orbit of a satellite intersects the plane of the orbit of its primary., The joint of a stem, or the part where a leaf or several leaves are inserted., A hole in the gnomon of a dial, through which passes the ray of light which marks the hour of the day, the parallels of the sun’s declination, his place in the ecliptic, etc., The point at which a curve crosses itself, being a double point of the curve. See Crunode, and Acnode., The point at which the lines of a funicular machine meet from different angular directions; — called also knot., The knot, intrigue, or plot of a piece., A hard concretion or incrustation which forms upon bones attacked with rheumatism, gout, or syphilis; sometimes also, a swelling in the neighborhood of a joint., One of the fixed points of a sonorous string, when it vibrates by aliquot parts, and produces the harmonic tones; nodal line or point., A swelling.
noel noun Same as Nowel.
noie verb t. To annoy. See Noy.
nole noun The head.
noll noun The head; the noddle.
nolt noun sing. & pl. Neat cattle.
noma noun See Canker, n., 1.
non- A prefix used in the sense of not; un-; in-; as in nonattention, or non-attention, nonconformity, nonmetallic, nonsuit.
none adjective No one; not one; not anything; — frequently used also partitively, or as a plural, not any., No; not any; — used adjectively before a vowel, in old style; as, thou shalt have none assurance of thy life., Same as Nones, 2.
nook noun A narrow place formed by an angle in bodies or between bodies; a corner; a recess; a secluded retreat.
noon adjective No. See the Note under No., The middle of the day; midday; the time when the sun is in the meridian; twelve o’clock in the daytime., Hence, the highest point; culmination., Belonging to midday; occurring at midday; meridional., To take rest and refreshment at noon.
noot See lst Not.
nope noun A bullfinch.
norm adjective A rule or authoritative standard; a model; a type., A typical, structural unit; a type.
norn noun Alt. of Norna
nose noun The prominent part of the face or anterior extremity of the head containing the nostrils and olfactory cavities; the olfactory organ. See Nostril, and Olfactory organ under Olfactory., The power of smelling; hence, scent., A projecting end or beak at the front of an object; a snout; a nozzle; a spout; as, the nose of a bellows; the nose of a teakettle., To smell; to scent; hence, to track, or trace out., To touch with the nose; to push the nose into or against; hence, to interfere with; to treat insolently., To utter in a nasal manner; to pronounce with a nasal twang; as, to nose a prayer., To smell; to sniff; to scent., To pry officiously into what does not concern one.
nost Wottest not; knowest not.
note verb t. To butt; to push with the horns., Know not; knows not., Nut., Need; needful business., A mark or token by which a thing may be known; a visible sign; a character; a distinctive mark or feature; a characteristic quality., A mark, or sign, made to call attention, to point out something to notice, or the like; a sign, or token, proving or giving evidence., A brief remark; a marginal comment or explanation; hence, an annotation on a text or author; a comment; a critical, explanatory, or illustrative observation., A brief writing intended to assist the memory; a memorandum; a minute., Hence, a writing intended to be used in speaking; memoranda to assist a speaker, being either a synopsis, or the full text of what is to be said; as, to preach from notes; also, a reporter’s memoranda; the original report of a speech or of proceedings., A short informal letter; a billet., A diplomatic missive or written communication., A written or printed paper acknowledging a debt, and promising payment; as, a promissory note; a note of hand; a negotiable note., A list of items or of charges; an account., A character, variously formed, to indicate the length of a tone, and variously placed upon the staff to indicate its pitch. Hence:, A musical sound; a tone; an utterance; a tune., A key of the piano or organ., Observation; notice; heed., Notification; information; intelligence., State of being under observation., Reputation; distinction; as, a poet of note., Stigma; brand; reproach., To notice with care; to observe; to remark; to heed; to attend to., To record in writing; to make a memorandum of., To charge, as with crime (with of or for before the thing charged); to brand., To denote; to designate., To annotate., To set down in musical characters.
nott adjective Shorn., To shear.
nota plural of Notum
noun noun A word used as the designation or appellation of a creature or thing, existing in fact or in thought; a substantive.
nous noun Intellect; understanding; talent; — used humorously.
nowd noun The European gray gurnard (Trigla gurnardus).
nowt noun pl. Neat cattle.
nude adjective Bare; naked; unclothed; undraped; as, a nude statue., Naked; without consideration; void; as, a nude contract. See Nudum pactum.
null adjective Of no legal or binding force or validity; of no efficacy; invalid; void; nugatory; useless., Something that has no force or meaning., That which has no value; a cipher; zero., To annul., One of the beads in nulled work.
numb adjective Enfeebled in, or destitute of, the power of sensation and motion; rendered torpid; benumbed; insensible; as, the fingers or limbs are numb with cold., Producing numbness; benumbing; as, the numb, cold night., To make numb; to deprive of the power of sensation or motion; to render senseless or inert; to deaden; to benumb; to stupefy.
nurl verb t. To cut with reeding or fluting on the edge of, as coins, the heads of screws, etc.; to knurl.
nyas noun See Nias.