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Meaning of NEUTER

Pronunciation:  'nootur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to inanimate objects (neither masculine nor feminine)
  2. [adj]  of grammatical gender; "`it' is the third-person singular neuter pronoun"
  3. [adj]  having no or imperfectly developed or nonfunctional sex organs
  4. [v]  remove the ovaries of; "Is your cat spayed?"

NEUTER is a 6 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: alter, asexual, castrate, nonsexual, sexless, spay
 Antonyms: feminine, masculine
 See Also: defeminise, defeminize, desex, desexualise, desexualize, fix, gender, grammatical gender, sterilise, sterilize, unsex



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Neu"ter\, a. [L., fr. ne not + uter whether; akin to E.
    whether. See {No}, and {Whether}, and cf. {Neither}.]
    1. Neither the one thing nor the other; on neither side;
       impartial; neutral. [Archaic]
             In all our undertakings God will be either our
             friend or our enemy; for Providence never stands
             neuter.                               --South.
    2. (Gram.)
       (a) Having a form belonging more especially to words which
           are not appellations of males or females; expressing
           or designating that which is of neither sex; as, a
           neuter noun; a neuter termination; the neuter gender.
       (b) Intransitive; as, a neuter verb.
    3. (Biol.) Having no generative organs, or imperfectly
       developed ones; sexless. See {Neuter}, n., 3.
  2. \Neu"ter\, n.
    1. A person who takes no part in a contest; one who is either
       indifferent to a cause or forbears to interfere; a
             The world's no neuter; it will wound or save.
    2. (Gram.)
       (a) A noun of the neuter gender; any one of those words
           which have the terminations usually found in neuter
       (b) An intransitive verb.
    3. (Biol.) An organism, either vegetable or animal, which at
       its maturity has no generative organs, or but imperfectly
       developed ones, as a plant without stamens or pistils, as
       the garden Hydrangea; esp., one of the imperfectly
       developed females of certain social insects, as of the ant
       and the common honeybee, which perform the labors of the
       community, and are called workers.
Biology Dictionary
  1. Incapable of sexual reproduction; sterile.
  2. To render a male animal sterile via surgery.
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