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Why are we so niggardly to stop at one fifth ? NIGHT. n. s. [nauts, Gothick ; nihe,
Why do we not raise it one full moiety, and
double our money?

Saxon ; nuit, French.)

Providence not niggardly, but wise,

1. The time of darkness; the time from

sunset to sunrise. by each other's .

The duke of Cornwall, and Regan his dutchess, Granville. will be here to night.

Sbakso Tiberius was noted for his niggardly temper;

In the morning he shall devour the prey, and he used only to give to his attendants their diet. at night divide the spoil.

Genesis Arbuibnot on Coins. Let them sleep, let them sleep on, 2. Sparing; wary.

Till this stormy night be gone, know your mind, and I will satisfy it; nei

And th’eternal morrow dawn; ther will I do it like a niggardly answerer, going

Then the curtains will be drawn; no farther than the bounds of the question. Sid.

And they waken with that night, NIGGARDLY. adv. Sparingly; parsino.

Whose day shall never sleep in night. Crasbaw. niously:

Dire Tisiphone there keeps the ward, I have long loved her, followed her, ingross'd

Girt in her sanguine gol n by night and day, opportunities to meet her; feed every slight

Observant of the souls that pass the downward occasion that could but niggard.y give me sight

way. of her,

Shakspeare. 2. To the end of the day of life; death. NI'GGARDNESS. n. s. [from niggard.]

She clos'd her eyes in everlasting night. Dry

. Avarice; sordid parsimony. Not used. 3. State or time of ignorance or obscurity.

All preparations, both for food and lodging, When learning after the long Gothick niglt, such as would make one detest niggardness, it is

Fair o'er the western world dittus'a her lignt. so sluttish a vice.

Arex Sidney. NIGH. prep. [nyh, Sax.] At no great 4. State of not being understood ; unindistance froin.

telligibility. They shone

Nature and Nature's works lay hid in night. Stars distant, but nigb hand seem'd other worlds.

Pote. Milton. 5. It is much used in composition. Nigh this recess, with terror they survey, Where death maintains his dread tyrannic

To-NIGHT. adverbially. In this night;

at this night. sway.

Garth. NIGH. adv.

There came men in hither to-night of the

children of Israel, to search out the country; 1. Not at a great distance, either in time

Joshua. or place, or course of events: when it NIGHTBRA'WLER. is used of time, it is applied to time fu- brawler.] One who raises disturbances ture.

in the night. He was sick nigb unto death. Philippians. You unlace your reputation, 2. To a place near.

And spend your rich opinion for the name Mordecai sent letters both nigb and far.

Of a nigbtbrowler.

He drew nigb, and to me held,

Ni'GHTCAP. 1. s. (night and cap.] A cap Ev'n to my mouth, of that same fruit held part

worn in bed, or in undress. Which he had pluck'd.


The rabblement houted, and clapt their chopt I will deter that anxious thought,

hands, and threw

up their sweaty nigbt-tags. And death, by fear, shall not be nigher brought.

Sbakspeare Dryden.

Great mountains have a perception of the 3. Almost : as, he was nigh dead.

disposition of the air to tempests sooner than the NIGH. adj.

valleys below; and therefore they say ia Wales, 1. Near ; not distant; not remote: either

when certain hills have their night-caps on, they mean mischief.

Bacon. in time or place.

How did the humbled swain detest
The figtree putteth out leaves, summer is nigh. His prickly beard, and hairy breast !

Matthew. His night-cap border'd round with lace,
The loud tumult shews the battle nigh. Prior. Cou'd give no sofiness to his face.

Swift. Now too nigb th' archangel stood. Milton. 2. Allied closely by blood.

NIGHTCROW. n. s. [night and crow; nyc. He committed the protection of his son

ticorax, Lat.] A bird that cries in the Asanes to two of his nigh kinsmen and assured

night. friends.

Knollesa The owl shriek'd at my birth, an evil sign; His uncle or uncle's son, or any that is nigb

The nigbt-crow cry'd, aboding luckless time. of kin unto him of his family, may redeem him.

Sbakspeare. Leviticus. Ni'GHTDEW. n. s. [night and dew.) Dew To Nigh. v. n. (from the particle.] To that wets the ground in the night. approach; to advance ; to draw near. All things are hush'd, as nature's self lay dead, Now day is done, and night is nigbing fast. The mountains seem to nod their drowsy head;

Hubberd's Tale. The little birds in dreams their songs repeat, NIGHLY. adv. [from righ, the adjective.]

And sleeping Aowers beneath the night-dew Nearly ; within a little. A nian born blind, now adult, was taught by

E'en lust and envy sleep.

Dryden. his touch to distinguish between a cube and a sphere of the same metal, and nigbly of the

Nightdog. n. s. (night and dog.) A dog same bigness.


that hunts in the night. Used by deer. NIGHNESS. n. s. [from nigh.] Nearness;

stealers. proximity.

When nigbt-dogs run, all sorts of deer are chaced.


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I'GHTDRESS. n. s. (night and dress.] The

My nightingale!

We'll beat them to their beds. dress worn at night. The fair ones feel such maladies as these,

Nightly, adv. [from night.] When each new nizbt-dress gives a new disease. 1. By night.

Pope. Thee, Sion! and the flow'ry brooks beneath, Ni'GHTED. adj. [from night.] Darkened ;

That wash thy hallow'd feet, and warbling flow, clouded; black.

Nightly I visit.


Let all things suffer, It was great ign'rance, Glo'ster's eyes being

Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleep out,

In che affliction of those terrible dreams
To let him live: Edmund, I think, is gone, That shake us nigbtly.
In pity of his misery, to dispatch
His niabted life.

Sbaksp. 2. Every night.
Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted colour off, Soon as the evening shades prevail,
And let thine eye look like a friend on Den- The moon takes up the wondrous tale,

Sbaksp. And nightly to the list’ning earth NIGHTFORING. n. S. [night and fare.] Repeats the story of her birth. Addisoe. Travelling in the night.

NIGHTLY. adj. [from night.] Done by Will-a-Wisp misleads right-faring clowns, night; acting by night; happening by O'er hills, and sinking bogs, and pathless downs.


night. Ni'GHTFIRE. n. 5. (nigbt and fire.] Ignis

May the stars and shining moon attend fatuus, Will-a-Wisp.

Your nightly sports, as you vouchsafe to tell

What nymphs they were who mortal forms Foulish night-fires, women's and children's


Dryden wishes,

Soon as the flocks shook off the nightly dews, Chases in arras, gilded emptiness;

Two swains, whom love kept wakeful and the These are the pleasures here.


muse, NIGHTFLY. n. s. [nigbt and fly.] Moth Pour'd o'er the whit’ning vale their fleecy care. that flies in the niglit.

Pope. Why rather, sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs, Ni'GHTMAN. n. s. [night and man.) One And hush'd with buzzing nigbt-flies to thy who carries away ordure in the night.

slumber; Than in the perfum'd chambers of the great,

NIGHTMARE. n. s. (niglit, and according And lulld with sounds of sweetest melody?

to Temple, mara, a spirit that, in the Sbakspeare.

northern mythology, was related to torNIGHTFOʻUNDERED. adj. [from night ment or suffocate sleepers.] A morbid

and foundered.] Lost or distressed in oppression in the night, resembling the the night.

pressure of weight upon the breast. Either some one like us nightfoundered here,

Saint Withold footed thrice the would, Or else some neighbour woodman, or at worst, He met the nightmare, and her name he told; Scrne roving robber calling to his fellows. Milt. Bid her alight, and her troth plight.

Shaksp. NI’GHTGOWN. n. s. [night and gown.] A

The forerunners of an apoplexy are, dulness,

drowsiness, vertigus, tremblings, oppressions in loose gown used for an undress.

sleep, and night-mares.

Arbuthnote Since his majesty went into the field, I have seen her rise from her bed, throw NIGHTPIECE. 1. s. (night and piece.] A Her right-go.vn upon her.

Shaksp. picture so coloured as to be supposed They have put me in a silk night-gorun, and a seen by candlelight, not by the light of gaudy fool's cap.


the day. To meagre muse-rid mope, adust and thin, In a dun right-gown of his own loose skin. Pope.

He hung a great part of the wall with night.

pieces, that seemed to show themselves by the NIGHTHAG.I. s. (night and hag.) Witch

candies which were lighted up; and were so insupposed to wander in the night.

flamed by the sun-shine which fell upon them Nor uglier follows the nightbag, when called that I could scarce forbear crying out fire. In secret, riding through the air, she comes

Addisen. Lur'd with the smell of infant-blood, to dance With Lapland witches.

NIGHTRAIL. n. s. [night and regl, Sax.

Milton. NIGHTINGALE. n. s. [from night and

a gown or robe.] A loose cover thrown

over the dress at night. zalan, Saxon, to sing; galm, Teutonick,

An antiquary will scorn to mention a pinner is a sound or echo.]

or night-rail; but will talk as gravely as a father 1. A small bird that sings in the night of the church on the vitta and peplus. Addisons with remarkable melody; Philoinel.

Nightra'ven. n. s. [night and raven; I think, The nightingale, if she should sing by day,

nycticorax.) A bird supposed of ill When every goose is cackling, would be thought omen, that cries loud in the night. No better a musician than the wren.


The ill-fac'd owl, death's dreadful messenger, Although the wezon, throtle, and tongue, be The hoarse nigbt-raven,trump of dreadtul drere. the instruments of voice, and by their agitations

Spenser. concur in those delightful modulations, yet can- I pray his bad voice bade no mischief : not we assign the cause unto any particular for

I had as lief have heard the night-raven, mation; and I perceive the nightingale hath

Come what plague would have cone after it. some disadvantage in the tongue. Broun.

Sbakspeare. Thus the wise nightingale that leaves her home, NightRO'BBER. 1. s. (night and robber.] Pursuing constantly the cheerful spring,

One who steals in the dark. To foreign groves does her old musick bring. Highways should be fenced on both sides,


whereby thieves and night-robbers might be more 2. A word of endearment.

easily pursued and encountered Spenser.

NIGHTRULE. n. s. (night and rule.) A

The self-same things, a note of concord be, tumult in the night.

I know no couple better can agree. B. Fer19.

NILL. 1.5.
How now, mad sprice,

The shining sparks of brass What right-rule now about this haunted grove?

in trying and melting the ore.

Sbakspeare. To NIM. v. a. (nemen, Dutch, to take.] NI'GHTSHADE. n. s. (niht scada, Sax.) To take. In cant, to steal.

A plant of two kinds; 1. Common They'll question Mars, and by his look nightshade. (solanum.] 2. Deadly night

Detect who 'twas that nimm'da cloak. Hudib. shade. Ebelladona.]


They could not keep themselves honest of

their fingers, but would be rimming something NIGHTSHI'NING. adj. [night and shine.) or other for the love of thieving. L'Estranza

. Showing brightness in the night. NI'MBLE, adj. (from nim, or numan, Sax.

None of these noctiluca, or night-shining bo- tractable. ] Quick ; active ; ready i dies, have been observed in any of the ancient sepulchres.


speedy; lively; expeditious. Ni’GHTSHRIEK. n. s. (night and sbriek.]

They being nimbler-jointed than the rest,

And more industrious, gathered more store. A cry in the night.

Spenser I had almost forgot the taste of fears :

You nimble lightnings, dart your blinding flames The time has been my senses would have coold Into her scornful eyes.


. To hear a right-sbriek; and my fell of hair

You have dancing shoes Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir,

With nimble soles.

Sbakspeare As life were in't.

Sbakspeare Ni'GHTTRIPPING. adj. [night and trip.]

His off ring soon propitious fire from heaven


Consum'd with nimble glance and grateful Going lightly in the night.

steam; Could it be prov'd,

The others not, for his was not sincere. Milt. That some ni bt-tripping fairy had exchang'd

Thro’the mid seas the rimble pinnace sails, In cradle cloaths, our children where they lay, Aloof from Crete before the northern gales. Then would I have his Harry, and he mine.

Pepr. Shakspeare. Ni’MBLENESS. n. s. [from nimble.] QuickNi'GHTWALK. n. s. (night and walk.] ness; activity; speed; agility ; readiWalk in the night.

ness; dexterity ; celerity; expedition; If in his night-walk he met with irregular swiftness. scholars, he took their names, and a promise to The hounds were straight uncoupled, and ere appear, unsent for, next morning. Walton.

long the stag thought it better to trust to the NIGHTWALKER. n. s. (night and walk.] nimbleness of his feet, than to the slender fortiOne who roves in the night upon ill- tication of his lodging.

Sidnes. designs.

Himself shewing at one instant both steadiness Men that hunt so, be privy stealers, or night

and nimbleness.

Siures. walkers.

Ascham. All things are therefore partakers of Ged; NightWARÖBLING, adj. (night and war

they are bis offspring, his influence is in them, ble.] Singing in the nigbt.

and the personal wisdom of God is for that very

cause said to excel in nimbleness or agility, to Now is the pleasant time

pierce into all intellectual, pure and subtile spia The cool, the silent, save where silence yields

rits, to go through all, and to reach unto every To the nigbt-warbling bird. Milton. thing.

Heater. NightWARD. adj. (night and ward.)

We, lying still, Approaching toward night.

Are full of rest, defence and nimbleness. Sbaksp. Their night.wurd studies, wherewith they

Ovid ranged over all Parnassus with great close the day's work. Milton on Education. nimbleness and agility; but as he did not much NIGHTWATCH. h. s. (night and watch.]

care for the coil requisite to climb the upper part

of the hill, he was generally roving about the A period of the night as distinguished bottom.

Addison. by change of the watch.

Ni'MBLEWITTED. adj. [nimble and wit.] I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate Quick ; eager to speak. on thee in the nigbt-watches.


Sir Nicholas Bacon, when a certain nisible NIGRE'SCENT. adj. (nigrescens, Latin.) witted counsellor at the bar, who was forward to Growing black; approaching to black- speak, did interrupt him often, said unto hini,

There is a great difference betwixt you and me; ness. NIGRIFICA’TION. n. s. [niger and facio,

a pain to me to speak, and a pain to you to hold your peace.

Bacen. Lat.) The act of making black.

Ni’MBLY. adv. [from nimble.] Quickly ; NIHI'LITY. n. s. (nibilité, fr. nihilum,

speedily; actively. Lat.] Nothingness; the state of being

He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber, nothing.

To che lascivious playing of a lute.

Sbakso Not being is considered as excluding all sub

The air stance, and then all modes are also necessarily Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself. Sbakse. excluded; and this we call pure ribility, or mere Most legs can nimbly run, though some be nothing.

Watts' Logick.

Dasies. TO NIll. v. a. (from ne will; nillan, Sax.]

The liquor we poured from the crystals, and Not to will; to refuse ; to reject..

set it in a digesting furnace to evaporate more nimbly.


. Certes, said he, I nill thine offer'd grace,

NI'MBLESS. n. S. Nimbleness. Spenser, Ne to be made so happy do intend, Another bliss before mine eyes I place,

Ni'MIETY. n. s. (nimietas, school Latin.] Another happiness, another end. Spenser.

The state of being too much. In all affections she concurreth still; Ni'mMER. n, s. (from nim.] A chief; a If now, with man and wife to will and will pilferer.

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Ni’NCOMPOOP. n. s. (A corruption of the precedes the tenth; the first after the
Latin non compos.] A fool ; a trifler. eighth; the ordinal of nine.
An old ninnyhammer, a dotard, a rincompoop,

Upon a strict observation of many, I have not is the best language she can afford me. Addison. found any that see the ninth day. Brown. NINE. n. s. [niun, Gothick ; nigon, TO NIP. v. n. (nijpen, Dutch.)

Saxon.) One more than eight; one less 1. To pinch off with the nails; to bite than ten.

with the teeth. The weyward sisters,

In oranges and lemons, the nipping of their Thus do go about, about,

rind giveth out their smell more. Bacon. Thrice to thine and thrice to mine,

2. To cut off by any slight means. And thrice again, to make up nine. Shakse: 'The small shoots that extract the sap of the

A thousand scruples may 'startle at first, and most leading branches, must be nipt off. Mort. yet in conclusion prove but a nine-days wonder.


3. To blast; to destroy before full growth. At ninety-nine a modern and a dunce. Pope.

This is the state of man; to-day he puts fortia The faults are nine in een owing to affecta

The tender leaves of hope, to-morrow blossoms, uon, and not to the want of understanding.

Ana bears his blushing honours thick upon him; Swift.

The third day comes a frost, a killing frost; NI’NEFOLD. n. s. (nine and fold.] Nine

And when he thinks, good easy man, full surely

His greatness is a ripening, nips his root; times; any thing nine times repeated.

And then he falls as I do.
This huge convex of fire,


A flower doth spread and dye,
Outrageous to devour, immures us round

Thou would'st extend me to some good,


Before I were by frost's extremity nipt in the NI'NEPENCE. n. s. [nine and pence.] A


Herbert. silver coin valued at ninepence.

His delivery now proves
Three silver pennies, and a nine-pence bent.

Ahortive, as the first-born.bloom of spring,
Nipt with the lagging rear of winter's frost.

Milton NI'NEPINS. n. s. (nine and pin.) A play

Had he not been nipped in the hud, he might where nine pieces of wood are set up on have made a formidable figure in his own works the ground to be thrown down by a

among posterity.

Addison. bowl.

From such encouragement it is easy to guess A painter made blossoms upon trees in De- to what perfection I might have brought this cember, and schoolboys playing at nine-pins upon work, had it not been nipe in the bud. Arbutbe ice in July,

Peacham. 4. To pinch as frost. For as when merchants break, o'erthrown The air bites shrewdly, it is very cold. Like ninc-pins, they strike others down. Hudib.

It is a nipping and an eager air. Sbakso NI'NESCORE. adj. (nine and score.] Nine

When isicles hang by the wall,

And Dick the shepherd blows his nail; times twenty.

When blood is nipt, and ways be foul, • Eugenius has two hundred pounds a-year; but

Then nightly sings the staring owl. never values himself above nine-score, as not thinking he has a right to the tenth part, which

5. To vex ; to bite. he always appropriates to charitable uses. Addis.

And sharp remorse his heart did prick and nip,

That drops of blood thence like a well did play. NINETEEN. adj. [nigontyne, Sax.] Nine

Spenser. and ten ; one less than twenty. Nineteen in twenty of perplexing words might 6. To satirize ; to ridicule ; to taunt sar.

castically be changed into easy ones, such as cccur to ordinary meni.


But the right gentle mind would bite his lip NINETEENTH. adj. [nigonteoða, Sax.]

To hear the javel so good men to nip. Hub. Tale.

Quick wits commonly be in desire new fanThe ordinal of nineteen ; the ninth af

gled; in purpose unconstant ; bold with any ter the tenth.

person; busy in every matter; soothing such as In the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar be present, nipping any that is absent. Asobam. king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan. 2 Kings. Nip. n. s. [from the verb.) NI'NETIETH. adj. (bundnizon te ogoda,

1. A pinch with the nails or teeth. Saxon.) The ordinal of ninety ; the

I am sharply taonted, yea, sometimes with tenth nine tinies told.

pinches, nips, and bobs. Ascham's Scboolmaster. NI'NETY. adj. [hundnigontig, Saxon.) 2. A small cut. Nine times ten.

What this a sleeve? 'ris like a demicannon; Enos lived ninety years and begat Cainan. What up and down carv'd like an apple tart?

Genesis. Here's snip, and nip, and cut, and slish and NINNY. n. s. (nino, a child, Spanistı.] A

slash, fool; a simpleton.

Like to a censer in a barber's shop. Shalsp. What a pied ninny's this? The dean was só shabby, and look'd like a So hasty fruits and too ambitious flow'rs, ninny,

Scorning the midwifry of rip'ning show'rs, That the captain suppos'd he was curate. Swift. In spite of frosts, spring from th' unwilling earth, NI'NNYHAMMER. n. s. [from ninny.) A

But tind a rip untimely as their birth. Stepney. simpleton.

4. A taunt; a sarcasm. Have you no more manners than to rail at Ni'PPER. 7. s. [from nip.] A satirist. Out Hocus, that has saved that plod-plated, num

of use. skull’d, ninny.bammer of yours from ruin, and Ready hackbiters, sore rippers, and spiteful all his family. Arbutbrot's Jobu Bull.

reporters privily of good men. Ascbam. NINTH, adj. [negota, Saxon.] That Ni'spers, 11. s. [from nip.] Small pincerse



Shaksp. 3. A blast.

NľPPINGLY. adv. (from nip.] With bit.

all in its crude state. Nitre is of the number of ter sarcasm.

those salts which are naturally blended in im. NIPPLE, n. s. (nypele, Saxon.)

perceptible particles in earths, stones, and other

fossil substances, as the particles of metals are 1. The teat; the dug; that which the in their ores: it is sometimes however found sucking young take into their mouths. pure, in form of an effiorescence, either on its The babe that milks me.

ores or on the surface of old walls; these effica I would while it was smiling in my face,

rescences dissolved in proper water, shooting into Have pluckt my nipple from his boneless gums. regular and proper crystals of nitre. The earth


from which nitre is made, both in Persia and In creatures that nourish their young with the East-Indies, is a kind of yellowish marl milk, are adapted the nipples of the breast to the found in the bare cliffs of the sides of hills ermouth and organs of suction,

Ray. posed to the northern and eastern winds, and 7. It is used by Chapman of a man.

never in any other situation. The natrum or As his foe, went then suffis'd away,

witre of the ancients, is a genuine, native and Thoas Ætolius threw a dart, that did his pile

pure sali, extremely different from our aitre, convey

and from all other native salts; being a fixed Above his nipple, through his lungs. Chapman.

alkali plainly of the nature of those made by fire 3. The orince at which any animal liquor

from vegetables, yet being capable of a regular is separated.

crystallization, which chase salts are not. It is In most other birds there is only one gland,

found on or very near the surface of the earth, in which are divers little cells ending in two or

in thin ftat cakes, spungy, light, and friable;

and when pure, of a pale brownish white com three larger cells, lying under the nipple of the oil bag. Derbam's Physico-Tbeology.

lour. In scripture we find that the sale called

nitre would ferment with vinegar, and had an NIPPLEWORT. n. s. [lamsana.] A wetu.

abstersive quality, properties which perfectly. Nisi Prius. n. S. [In law.)

agree with this salt, but not with sale-perre, as A judicial urit, which lieth in case where the do many different qualities ascribed to it by the inquest is panelled and returned before the jus- ancients.

Hill en fessita tices of the bank; the one party or the other

Some tumultuous cloud, making perition to have this writ for the ease of Instinct with fire and nitre, hurried him. Milt

. the country. It is directed to the sheriff, com- Some steep their seed, and some in caldrons manding that he cause the men impanelled to

boil, come before the justices in the same county, for With vigorous nitre and with lees of oil. Dryd. the determining of the cause there, except it be NI'TROUS. adj. (nitreux, Fr. from nitre.] so difficult that it need great deliberation : in

Impregnated with nitre; consisting of which case, it is sent again to the bank. It is so called from the first words of the writ nisi

nitre. opud talem locum prius venerint; whereby it ap

Earth and water, mingled by the heat of the peareth that justices of assizes and justices of

siin, gather nitrous fatness more than either of aisi prius differ. So that justices of nisi prius

them have severally:

Bacon must be one of them before whom the cause is

The northern air being more fully charged depending in the bench, with some other good with those particles supposed nitrous, which are men of the county associated to him. Cowell.

the aliment of tire, is fittest to maintain the Nit. n. s. (hnitu, Saxon.] The egg of

vital heat in that activity which is sufficient to a louse, or small animal."

move such an unwieldy bulk with due celerity:

Ray. The whame, or burrel-fly, is vexatious to

He to quench his drought so much inclin'd, korses in summer, not by stinging them, but

May snowy fields and nitsous pastures tind, only by their bombylious noise, or tickling Meet stores of cold so greedily pursu'd, them in sticking their nits, or eggs, on the hair. And be refresh'd with never-wasting food. Derbam.

Blackmort. Ni’TENCY. n. s. (nitentia, Latin.]

NI'TRY. adj. (from nitre.] Nitrous. 1. Lustre; clear brightness.

Winter my theme confines, whose nitry wind 2. (from nitor, Lat.) Endeavour ; spring Shall crust the slabby mire, and kennels bind. to expand itself.

Gay: The atoms of fire accelerate the motion of Ni’TTILY. adv. (from nitty.) Lousily. these particles; from which acceleration their One Bell was put to death at Tyburn for spring, or endeavour outward, will be augo moving a new rebellion; he was a man hittily mented: that is, those zones will have a strong necdy, and therefore adventrous. mitency to fly wider open.


, Ni'tty.adj. [from nit.] Abounding with Ni'thing. n. s. [or niding ; see NIDING.] the eggs of lice. A coward, dastard, poltroon.

Ni'val. adj. (nivalis, Lat.) Abounding Ni'tid. adj. [nitidus, Lat.] Bright; shin

with snow.

Dict. ing; lustrous.

Níveous. adj. [niveus, Lat.] Snowy; We restore old pieces of dirty gold to a clean and nitid yellow, by putting them into fire and

resembling snow. aquafortis, which take off the adventitious filth.

Cinabar becomes red by the acid exhalation Boyle.

of sulphur, which otherways presents a pure NI'TRE. n. s. (nitre, Fr. nitrum, Lat.)

and nivcous white.

Brown. The salt which we know at this time, under Ni'zy. n. s. [from niais.) A dunce; a the name of nitre or salt-petre, is a crystalline, simpleton. A low word. pellucid, but somewhat whitish substance, of an acrid and bitterish taste, impressing a peculiar

True critics laugh, and bid the trifling risy

Go read Quintilian. sense of coldness upon the tongue. This salt, though it affords, by means of fire, an acid spirit NO. adv. [na, Saxon.) capable of dissolving almost every thing, yet


1. The word of refusal : contrary to yo manifests no sign of its containing any acid at


or yes.

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