Definitions for NILnɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. nothing; naught; zero.

  2. (adj.)having no value or existence.

Origin of nil:

1805–15; < L nīl, var. (by apocope) of nīlum, contr. of nihilum nothing =ni (var. of ne not) +hīlum trifle

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nothing, nil, nix, nada, null, aught, cipher, cypher, goose egg, naught, zero, zilch, zip, zippo(noun)

    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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. nil(noun)ɪl

    non-existent, none

    He decided the chances of them being caught were nil.

  2. nilɪl

    indicates zero, in sports scores

    The score was one nil.


  1. nil(Noun)

    No, not any.

  2. nil(Noun)

    Nothing; zero.

  3. Origin: From nil, a contraction of nihil, nihilum. See nihilism.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nil(verb)

    will not

  2. Nil

    nothing; of no account; worthless; -- a term often used for canceling, in accounts or bookkeeping

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. NIL

    No. Used in reply to a question, particularly one asked using the ‘-P’ convention. Most hackers assume this derives simply from LISP terminology for ‘false’ (see also T), but NIL as a negative reply was well-established among radio hams decades before the advent of LISP. The historical connection between early hackerdom and the ham radio world was strong enough that this may have been an influence.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'NIL' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1327

Anagrams of NIL

  1. Lin, lin

  2. Lin

Translations for NIL

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(in scoring) nothing; zero

Leeds United won two-nil / by two goals to nil.

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