nutation

Feb. 13th, 2011 11:58 pm
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nu·ta·tion 


[noo-tey-shuhn, nyoo-]

–noun
1. an act or instance of nodding one's head, especially involuntarily or spasmodically.
2. Botany: spontaneous movements of plant parts during growth.
3. Astronomy: the periodic oscillation observed in the precession of the earth's axis and the precession of the equinoxes.

nevus

Jan. 11th, 2011 11:47 am
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ne·vus

   
[nee-vuhs]

–noun, plural -vi  [-vahy]
any congenital anomaly of the skin, including moles and various types of birthmarks

narcotize

Dec. 14th, 2010 11:16 pm
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nar·co·tize 


[nahr-kuh-tahyz]

–verb (used with object) -tized, -tiz·ing
1. to subject to or treat with a narcotic; stupefy
2. to make dull; stupefy; deaden the awareness of: He had used liquor to narcotize his anxieties.

–verb (used without object)
3. to act as a narcotic: a remedy that does not heal but merely narcotizes

Also, especially British , nar·co·tise

nebbish

Nov. 12th, 2010 03:19 pm
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neb·bish

   
[neb-ish]

–noun Slang
a pitifully ineffectual, luckless, and timid person.

Origin:
1890–95; < Yiddish nebekh poor, unfortunate, prob. < Slavic; cf. Czech nebohý poor; sp. with -sh perh. < Western Yiddish forms of the word

(adjective: nebbishy)

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