What does nil mean?

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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.

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

  2. nil(Noun)

    Nothing; zero.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nil(verb)

    will not

    Etymology: [See Nill, v. t.]

  2. Nil

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

    Etymology: [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.

Suggested Resources

  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

How to pronounce nil?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say nil in sign language?

  1. nil


  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

Examples of nil in a Sentence

  1. Airservices Australia:

    Air Traffic Control in Sydney are now processing arrivals. Aircraft are landing albeit a slower rate. Nil departures at this time.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    The value of most people's LIKEs on Fb is ZERO as they cast it for mere formality or often for seeking some sort of selfish opportunity and mean nothing else with it, so getting support from such netizens makes the worth of somebody's post as NIL

  3. Bernie Sanders ':

    First of all, its likelihood of getting through Congress is nil. Second of all, I think it would be very divisive, the real issue is when we look at the poverty rate among the African-American community, when we look at the high unemployment rate within the African-American community, we have a lot of work to do.

  4. 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".

  5. Brandon Brown:

    At this time the odds of getting Ebola in the U.S. are close to nil,( but) what the survey shows us is that the understanding of Ebola and how its transmitted is REALLY low, we have to expect that one day there will be another epidemic that has the capacity to enter our borders, and if we don’t know how it is transmitted, we ca n’t protect ourselves properly.

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