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Meaning of N

Pronunciation:  en

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the 14th letter of the Roman alphabet
  2. [n]  (of a solution) concentration expressed in gram equivalents of solute per liter
  3. [n]  a unit of force equal to the force that imparts an acceleration of 1 m/sec/sec to a mass of 1 kilogram; equal to 100,000 dynes
  4. [n]  the cardinal compass point that is at 0 or 360 degrees
  5. [n]  a common nonmetallic element that is normally a colorless odorless tasteless inert diatomic gas; constitutes 78 percent of the atmosphere by volume; a constituent of all living tissues

N is a 1 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: atomic number 7, due north, newton, nitrogen, normality, north
 See Also: air, alphabetic character, azote, cardinal compass point, chemical element, dyne, element, force unit, gas, letter, letter of the alphabet, liquid nitrogen, relative quantity, Roman alphabet, sthene



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. The religion, or doctrines and precepts, of Mohammed,
    contained in the Koran; Islamism.
  2. \N\ ([e^]n),
    the fourteenth letter of English alphabet, is a vocal
    consonent, and, in allusion to its mode of formation, is
    called the dentinasal or linguanasal consonent. Its commoner
    sound is that heard in ran, done; but when immediately
    followed in the same word by the sound of g hard or k (as in
    single, sink, conquer), it usually represents the same sound
    as the digraph ng in sing, bring, etc. This is a simple but
    related sound, and is called the gutturo-nasal consonent. See
    {Guide to Pronunciation}, [sect][sect] 243-246.
    Note: The letter N came into English through the Latin and
          Greek from the Ph[oe]nician, which probably derived it
          from the Egyptian as the ultimate origin. It is
          etymologically most closely related to M. See {M}.
  3. \N\, n. (Print.)
    A measure of space equal to half an M (or em); an en.
  4. One who, or that which, tranquilizes.
Computing Dictionary

/N/ quant. 1. A large and indeterminate number of objects: "There were N bugs in that crock!" Also used in its original sense of a variable name: "This crock has N bugs, as N goes to infinity." (The true number of bugs is always at least N + 1; see lubarsky's law of cybernetic entomology.)

2. A variable whose value is inherited from the current context. For example, when a meal is being ordered at a restaurant, N may be understood to mean however many people there are at the table. From the remark "We'd like to order N wonton soups and a family dinner for N - 1" you can deduce that one person at the table wants to eat only soup, even though you don't know how many people there are.

3. "Nth": The ordinal counterpart of N, senses 1 and 2. "Now for the Nth and last time..." In the specific context "Nth-year grad student", N is generally assumed to be at least 4, and is usually 5 or more (see tenured graduate student). See also random numbers, two-to-the-n.

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