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Numerical Notation: A Comparative History Human Expeditions: Inspired by Bruce Trigger


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Word Definition
nacarat bright orange-red
nacelle structure on wing of airplane containing engine
nacket snack; light lunch
nacre mother-of-pearl
nacreous of or resembling mother-of-pearl
naevus birthmark
naiant swimming horizontally
nail old measure of two and a quarter inches
nainsook fine cotton fabric
naissant nascent, rising or coming forth
nanism the condition of being dwarfed or being a dwarf
nanization artificial dwarfing
nankeen buff-coloured; durable buff-coloured cotton
nanocephalous having an extremely small head
naology study of church or temple architecture
naos temple; inner cell of a temple
napaea nymph that inhabits wooded dells
napiform shaped like a turnip
nappe sheet of water flowing over a weir
napper one who naps cloth after it is fulled
narcohypnia numbness experienced upon awakening
narcolepsy pathological drowsiness
narcomancy divination using sleep
narcomania uncontrollable craving for narcotics
narcose experiencing a hallucinogenic stupor
nares the nostrils
narial of, like or pertaining to the nostrils
naricorn horny termination of a bird's nostril
nariform shaped like the nostrils
narquois mocking; malicious
narthex small entrance or porch to a church
nary not a one; not at all
nasard organ mutation stop
nascent immature; in process of birth
nasicornous having a horn on the nose
nasology study of the nose
nasute keen-scented; critically discriminating; having a big nose
nasutiform shaped like a nose
natable able to float; able to be sailed
natalitial of, like or pertaining to a birthday
natation swimming
natatorium swimming-pool
nates the buttocks
natheless nevertheless; notwithstanding
natiform shaped like buttocks
nativism belief that the mind possesses inborn thoughts
natricine of, like or pertaining to water-snakes
natron sodium bicarbonate
natuary hospital maternity ward
naturalism belief that the world can be explained in terms of natural forces
naturism communal nudism
naumachy mock sea-battle
naupathia sea sickness
nauseant producing nausea
nautics art of navigation
navalism cult of naval supremacy or seapower
navarchy rulership over the seas
nave largest part of church where congregation sits
navette pointed oval shape; jewel cut in this shape
navicular boat-shaped
naviform boat-shaped
naze headland or cape
neanic of, like or pertaining to the adolescent period; young
neap tidal period of least difference between high and low tides
neatherd cowherd
nebbich colourless; inconsequential person
nebulaphobia fear of fog
nebulize to reduce to spray
necessarianism theory that actions are determined by prior history; fatalism
necrogenic deriving from dead animals
necrographer obituary writer
necrolatry worship of the dead
necrologue obituary
necrology obituary list
necromania sexual obsession with dead bodies; necrophilia
necrophagous feeding on the dead
necrophobia fear of corpses
necropsy post-mortem examination
necrotic undergoing death of part of the body
nectareal of or like nectar
nectariferous producing nectar
nectarivorous feeding on nectar
nectopod limb used for swimming
necyomancy divination by summoning Satan
needlecord thinly ribbed cotton
needledom the world of sewing
needs of necessity; necessarily
nef ornamental stand in shape of ship for holding salt or cutlery
nefandous abominable; despicable
negrophile one who is sympathetic towards black people
negrophobia fear of blacks
nekton assemblage of swimming organisms in a body of water
nemaline of or like a thread
nematology the study of nematodes
nembutsu Buddhist invocation chanted to achieve enlightenment
nemophilist one who loves the woods
nemoral of a wood or grove
nemoricolous living in forests or groves
nemorous wooded
neoblastic of, like or pertaining to new growth
neocracy government by new or inexperienced rulers
neogenesis producing regeneration of tissue
neolagnium puberty
neolatry worship of novelty
neomenia period of the new moon
neomorphic developed suddenly and not inherited
neonate newly born child
neonaticide killing or killer of a newborn infant
neonatology study of newborn babies
neonomianism theory that the gospel abrogates earlier moral codes
neophile one who loves novelty and trends
neophobe one who fears change or novelty
neophobia fear of novelty
neophrastic of, like or pertaining to neologisms
neorama view of interior of building
neossology study of nestling birds
neoteric of recent origin; modern
neoterism introduction of new things, especially words
neovitalism theory that total material explanation is impossible
nepenthe something, such as a drink, capable of making one forget suffering
neper unit for expressing ratio of two currents or voltages
nephalism total abstinence from alcoholic drinks
nepheligenous discharging smoke in clouds
nephelognosy observation of clouds
nepheloid cloudy
nephelometer instrument for measuring cloudiness
nephelometry measurement of cloudiness of liquids
nephogram photograph of clouds
nephograph instrument for photographing clouds
nephology study of clouds
nephoscope instrument for observing direction and velocity of clouds
nephric of, like or pertaining to the kidneys
nephroid kidney-shaped
nephrolith kidney stone
nephrology study of the kidneys
nepionic of, like or pertaining to the embryonic period of development
nepotal of, like or pertaining to one's nephew
nepotation riotous behaviour; profligacy
neritic belonging to the shallow waters near land
nervine quieting; soothing nervous excitement
nervure vein of a leaf
nescience lack of knowledge; ignorance
nesh soft; delicate; tender
nesiote living on an island
nestitherapy medical treatment by reducing food intake
neuralgiform like or shaped like a nerve
neurergic of, like or pertaining to the function or action of the nerves
neurism "nerve-force" acting on evolution
neurobiology study of anatomy of the nervous system
neurogenesis production or generation of nerves
neuroid like a nerve
neuropath one who believes in nervous origin of most diseases
neuropsychology study of relation between brain and behaviour
neurypnology study of hypnotism
neuston minute organisms floating or swimming on water's surface
neutrosophy study of the origin and nature of philosophical neutralities
névé granular snow; field of granular snow
nevus birthmark
newel upright column in middle of circular staircase; post at end of stairs
nexus a bond; a linked group
niaiserie simplicity; foolishness
niccolic made of, like or pertaining to nickel
nickeliferous bearing nickel
nicotian of, like or pertaining to tobacco
nictate to wink or blink
nidamental nest-forming
nidatory of, like or pertaining to nests
niddering one who shows shameful fear or timidity
nidicolous reared in a nest; sharing a nest
nidificate to construct a nest
nidifugous leaving the nest soon after hatching
nidify to build a nest
nidology study of nests
nidor strong smell or fume of animal cooking
nidulation nest-building
nidus place where something originates or develops; nest
niello ornamenting metal by placing black compound in engravings
nieve hand or fist
niff an unpleasant smell
nigh nearly; almost
nightpiece work of art describing a night scene
nigrescence blackness; dark colouring or pigmentation
nigricant of a blackish colour
nigrine black
nigrities exceptionally dark coloration
nigroglobulate to blackball
nigrosine blackish coal-tar colour dye
nihilism denial of all reality; extreme scepticism
nihility nothingness; a mere nothing
nill to refuse; to be unwilling
nim to steal; to pilfer
nimbose cloudy
nimiety excess
nimonic of alloys used in high-temperature work
ninon silk voile or other thin fabric
nippitatum exceptionally good and strong ale
nipter ecclesiastical ceremony of washing the feet
niramiai period of stamping and glaring to cow sumo opponent
nisus effort; striving; impulse
nitency brightness; lustrousness
nitency effort; impulse; tendency
nithing infamous person; abject coward; traitor
nitid bright; shining; merry
nitriary artificial bed of animal matter used to produce nitre
nitrometer instrument for measuring nitrogen and its compounds
nitrophilous flourishing in or preferring locations with abundant nitrogen
nivellate to level or plane
niveous snowy; white
nivial growing among snow
nobiliary of, like or pertaining to nobility
nobilitate to ennoble
nocent hurtful; guilty; harmful
nociceptive sensitive to pain; causing pain
noctambulation sleep-walking
noctidiurnal comprising one day and one night
noctiflorous flowering at night
noctilucent phosphorescent; glowing in the dark
noctivagant wandering in the night
noctuary record of one night's thoughts
nocuous hurtful; noxious
nodality knottedness; state of being nodal
nodated knotted
noddy plain two-wheeled horse-drawn cart
noddypeak fool; imbecile
nodose having knots or nodules; knotty
nodosity knottiness; a knotty swelling
nodus a knotty point; difficulty; complication
noegenesis production of knowledge
noesis intellectual activity; purely intellectual perception
noetics laws or rules of logic
noils short pieces of fibre separated from longer ones by combing
noisette small piece of lamb cut off the bone and rolled
nolition adverse action of will; unwillingness
nomancy divination by examining letters of name
nomenclator lexicon; word-list; one who assigns names
nomiatrist lawyer specializing in medical cases
nomic customary; conventional
nominalism doctrine that naming of things defines reality
nominative indicating subject of a verb
nomism view that moral conduct consists in observance of laws
nomistic based on law or a sacred book
nomocracy government based on legal system; rule of law
nomogeny origin of life according to natural law
nomographer a writer of laws
nomology the science of the laws; especially of the mind
nomothetical giving laws; legislative
nonage legal infancy; minority; time of immaturity
nones prayer service held at 3 p.m.
nonpareil thing of unequalled excellence; paragon
nonparous not having given birth
nonpathogenic not causing disease
noogenesis evolution of the mind
noology science of the intellect
noometry mind-measurement
noosphere sum of human intellectual activities
nootropics cognitive enhancers; mind drugs
normalism state of being normal
norsel short piece of line for fastening fishing nets and hooks
nosebag food bag hung over a horse's head
nosegay bouquet of fragrant flowers
nosism use of royal "we"; assumption of role of group mouthpiece
nosocomial of, like or pertaining to a hospital
nosocomium hospital
nosography description of diseases
nosology study of diseases
nosomania delusion of suffering from a disease
nosophobia fear of disease
nostology study of senility
nostomania abnormal desire to go back to familiar places
nostopathy fear of returning to familiar places
nostrification acceptance of foreign university degrees on par with native
nostrum secret or quack medicine
notabilia notable sayings; things worthy of notice
notalgia back pain
notandum something to be specially noted or observed
notaphily collecting of bank-notes and cheques
notarikon making words from letters taken from throughout a sentence
nothingarian person who has no particular belief
nothous spurious; bastard
notitia roll, list or register
notonectal swimming on the back
noumenalism belief in existence of noumena
noumenon object whose reality defined by reason rather than perception
nous pure intellect or reason
novalia lands newly brought under cultivation
novantique both new and old through repair or imitation
novation substitution of a new obligation for an existing one
novena series of Catholic church services held on nine successive days
novenary of, like or pertaining to the number nine
novendial festival lasting nine days
novercal of, like or pertaining to a stepmother
novercaphobia fear of one's stepmother
novity innovation; newness
nowise not at all
noxal of, like or pertaining to wrongful injury by object or animal of another
noyade execution by drowning
nubecula a cloudiness
nubiferous cloud-bringing
nubiform cloudlike
nubigenous cloud-born
nubilate to obscure
nubilous cloudy
nucal of, like or pertaining to nuts
nucha the nape of the neck
nuchal of, like or pertaining to the nape of the neck
nuciferous nut-bearing
nuciform shaped like a nut
nucivorous nut-eating
nucule a nutlet
nudation the act of making bare
nugacious unimportant; trifling; trivial
nugatory inconsequential; inoperative; futile; trifling
nullibicity state of being nowhere
nullibilism denial that the soul exists in space
nullifidian having no faith; one who is faithless
nulliparous having not borne children
nullity the state of being null or void
nulliverse universe devoid of any plan or organizing principle
numen presiding deity
numenism belief in local deities or spirits
numinous of, like or pertaining to a deity; suffused with religious awe
numismatics study of coins
nummamorous money-loving
nummary of, like or pertaining to coins or money
nummet light meal or luncheon
nummiform shaped like a coin
numquid an inquisitive person
nunciative bearing messages
nuncio one who brings tidings; high-ranking papal legate
nuncius messenger
nuncupate to utter as a vow; to declare verbally
nuncupative oral; designative
nundinal of, like or pertaining to a fair or market
nundination trading; mercantile commerce
nunnation addition of a final n in the declension of nouns
nupson simpleton; fool
nuptiality marriage-rate
nuque nape of the neck
nutant nodding; drooping
nutarian person who believes that nuts are the best kind of food
nutation fluctuation or nodding in movement of earth's pole
nutrication nourishment
nutrice nurse
nutricial of, like or pertaining to nurses
nychthemeral of, like or pertaining to a nychthemeron or 24-hour period
nychthemeron a full night and a day; 24 hours
nyctalopia night-blindness
nyctanthous flowering at night
nyctograph device for recording ideas at night or when not fully awake
nyctophobia fear of the night or darkness
nymphean of, like or pertaining to a nymph
nympholepsy emotional frenzy, as that inspired in men by nymphs
nymphology study of nymphs


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