No·ble a. [Compar. Nobler superl. Noblest ]
1. Possessing eminence, elevation, dignity, etc.; above whatever is low, mean, degrading, or dishonorable; magnanimous; as, a noble nature or action; a noble heart.
Statues, with winding ivy crowned, belong
To nobler poets for a nobler song. --Dryden.
2. Grand; stately; magnificent; splendid; as, a noble edifice.
3. Of exalted rank; of or pertaining to the nobility; distinguished from the masses by birth, station, or title; highborn; as, noble blood; a noble personage.
Note: ☞ Noble is used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, noble-born, noble-hearted, noble-minded.
Noble gas Chem., a gaseous element belonging to group VIII of the periodic table of elements, not combining with other elements under normal reaction conditions; specifically, helium, neon, argon, krypton, xenon, or radon; also called inert gas.
Noble metals Chem., silver, gold, and platinum; -- so called from their resistance to oxidation by air and to dissolution by acids. Copper, mercury, aluminium, palladium, rhodium, iridium, and osmium are sometimes included.
Syn: -- Honorable; worthy; dignified; elevated; exalted; superior; sublime; great; eminent; illustrious; renowned; stately; splendid; magnificent; grand; magnanimous; generous; liberal; free.
1. A person of rank above a commoner; a nobleman; a peer.
2. An English money of account, and, formerly, a gold coin, of the value of 6 s. 8 d. sterling, or about $1.61 (in 1913).
3. Zool. A European fish; the lyrie.
No·ble, v. t. To make noble; to ennoble. [Obs.]
Thou nobledest so far forth our nature. --Chaucer.
adj 1: having high moral qualities; "a noble spirit"; "a solid
citizen"; "an upstanding man"; "a worthy successor"
[syn: solid, upstanding, worthy]
2: impressive in appearance; "a baronial mansion"; "an imposing
residence"; "a noble tree"; "severe-looking policemen sat
astride noble horses"; "stately columns" [syn: baronial,
3: of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary
aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times; "of
noble birth" [ant: lowborn]
4: having or showing or indicative of high or elevated
character; "a noble spirit"; "noble deeds" [ant: ignoble]
5: inert especially toward oxygen; "a noble gas such as helium
or neon"; "noble metals include gold and silver and
n : a titled peer of the realm [syn: Lord, nobleman] [ant: Lady,