nil

noun
\ˈnil \

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nil adjective

Examples of nil in a Sentence

They took a 2 to nil lead in the second half of the game. the difference in the audio performance of those two CD players is nil

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Zero-zero, or nil-nil, as soccer aficionados like to say. Nick Hoppe, SFChronicle.com, "Orphans find families wherever they can," 2 July 2018 Unlike products such as flour, lettuce’s shelf life is short: Opportunities to test the offending crop range from limited to nil. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, "Romaine Riddle: Why the E. Coli Outbreak Eludes Food Investigators," 7 May 2018 Part of the reason for that is because increased vehicular traffic on the highway has reduced foot traffic to nil. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Once upon a time in Covington: The story of the 'heart pine house'," 5 Mar. 2018 The decline in air crashes over the past decade to nil is mostly the result of better training and oversight of pilots and air traffic controllers and improvements made by jet and engine manufacturers. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "Fact-checking President Trump’s post-New Year’s tweets," 3 Jan. 2018 But certainly when public water money doesn’t even require those private water businesses to use it for, well, community water systems, then the chances those systems will improve is close to nil. Sarah Jones, New Republic, "Rural America’s Drinking-Water Crisis," 12 Feb. 2018 The deterrent effect of this penalty will be close to nil. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "A slap on CashCall's wrist signals there's no downside to deceiving borrowers," 26 Jan. 2018 Less than two minutes later Forestell used some fancy footwork to weave through the defense and score her first of two goals to put Mobile ahead four-nil. Mobile Athletics, AL.com, "No. 8 Mobile Women's Soccer Cruises Past Faulkner, 9-1, in the SSAC Tournament Quarterfinals," 4 Nov. 2017 The senior tallied her first goal of the season with a beautiful header into the top right corner to give Mobile a one-nil advantage. Mobile Athletics, AL.com, "(13) Mobile Defeat (RV) Siena Heights, 2-0, on Labor Day to Stay Undefeated," 4 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of nil

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nil

Latin, nothing, contraction of nihil, from Old Latin nihilum, from ne- not + hilum trifle — more at no

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The first known use of nil was circa 1550

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nil

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nil

: none at all

: a score of zero

nil

noun
\ˈnil \

Kids Definition of nil

: nothing at all : zero The chances of that happening are almost nil.

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