What does gnat mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gnat(noun)

    any of various small biting flies: midges; biting midges; black flies; sand flies

  2. gnat(noun)

    (British usage) mosquito


  1. gnat(Noun)

    Any small insect of the order Diptera, specifically within the suborder Nematocera.

  2. Gnat(ProperNoun)

    A type of jet fighter aircraft.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gnat(noun)

    a blood-sucking dipterous fly, of the genus Culex, undergoing a metamorphosis in water. The females have a proboscis armed with needlelike organs for penetrating the skin of animals. These are wanting in the males. In America they are generally called mosquitoes. See Mosquito

  2. Gnat(noun)

    any fly resembling a Culex in form or habits; esp., in America, a small biting fly of the genus Simulium and allies, as the buffalo gnat, the black fly, etc

  3. Origin: [AS. gnt.]


  1. Gnat

    A gnat is any of many species of tiny flying insects in the Dipterid suborder Nematocera, especially those in the families Mycetophilidae, Anisopodidae and Sciaridae. In British English the term applies particularly to Nematocerans of the family Culicidae. The common gnat is the species Culex pipiens. Male gnats often assemble in large mating swarms or ghosts, particularly at dusk. Gnat larvae are mostly free-living and some are aquatic. Many feed on plants, though some are carnivorous. Larval plant feeders cause root, stem, or leaf galls to be formed by the host plant. Some species of fungus gnats are pests of mushrooms and roots of potted plants in homes and greenhouses. Some South American Pleurothallid orchids are pollinated by tiny gnats and have correspondingly small flowers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gnat

    nat, n. a genus of dipterous insects of numerous species, esp. abundant in marshy districts—the female lives on the blood of animals.—n. Gnat′ling. [A.S. gnæt; Ice. gnata, to clash.]

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Anagrams for gnat »

  1. Tang, tang


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gnat in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gnat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jerry Coleman:

    From the way Denny's shaking his head, he's either got an injured shoulder or a gnat in his eye.

  2. Ernest Rutheford:

    Splitting the atom is like trying to shoot a gnat in the Albert Hall at night and using ten million rounds of ammunition on the off chance of getting it. That should convince you that the atom will always be a sink of energy and never a reservoir of energy.

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