What does NIL mean?

Definitions for NILnɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word NIL.

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"


  1. Nil(n.)

    A special value for a variable used in certain computer languages to mean no assigned value, to be distinguished from the value zero.


  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

  3. Origin: [See Nill, v. t.]

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.

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  1. NIL

    What does NIL stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the NIL acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

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

Anagrams for NIL »

  1. Lin, lin

  2. Lin


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of NIL in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of NIL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ernesto Duarte:

    The experience in Mexico for a transplant of that complexity is nil.

  2. Terence:

    Homo sum humani nil a me alienum puto.(I am a man I hold that nothing human is alien to me.)

  3. Woody Haldrugold:

    I have a word "Nil", you have a word "Be". You are jealous of me because the "Nil". I'm sorry for you because you're trying to hold on to the "Be".

  4. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    A Latin phrase says: De mortuis nil nisi bonum, Speak no ill of the dead. But it is better to say this way: Speak the truth of the living and speak the truth of the dead!

  5. Hari Man Lama:

    I've had all my reservations cancelled. I have nil bookings left, this disaster is going to bring a big loss to the travel industry and to the tens of thousands of people who depend on the tourists for their livelihood.

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