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. Arith. A cipher; naught.
Nothing but, only; no more than. --Chaucer.
To make nothing of. (a) 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.” --Ray. (b) Not to understand; as, I could make nothing of what he said.
Noth·ing, adv. In no degree; not at all; in no wise.
Adam, with such counsel nothing swayed. --Milton.
The influence of reason in producing our passions is nothing near so extensive as is commonly believed. --Burke.
Nothing off Naut., an order to the steersman to keep the vessel close to the wind.
n 1: a quantity of no importance; "it looked like nothing I had
ever seen before"; "reduced to nil all the work we had
done"; "we racked up a pathetic goose egg"; "it was all
for naught"; "I didn't hear zilch about it" [syn: nil,
nix, nada, null, aught, cipher, cypher, goose
egg, naught, zero, zilch, zip]
2: a nonexistent thing [syn: nonentity]
adv : in no way; to no degree; "he looks nothing like his father"