\ ˈnil How to pronounce nil (audio) \

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The pressure can be alleviated with steroids, for now, and the tumor can be excised, but her chance of survival is nil. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Building Love from Bad News," 22 Apr. 2021 In other words, fear of any surge in the CPI was nil. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Bitcoin is proving it’s not the hedge against inflation that some boosters claim," 24 Feb. 2021 The ability to have access to students and tryouts was almost nil in terms of like what’s available. ... Joseph Walljasper, Star Tribune, "Vanderbilt K Fuller becomes first woman to play in Power 5," 28 Nov. 2020 For nearly every game in the collection, input lag is nil, and the clickiness of this control suite matches its responsiveness well. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Lost Sega arcade classics born anew in cute, $130 Astro City Mini [Updated]," 21 Dec. 2020 The ability to have access to students and tryouts was almost nil in terms of what’s available. ... Joseph Walljasper, The Christian Science Monitor, "With a kick, Sarah Fuller makes Vanderbilt football history," 30 Nov. 2020 Tonight: Clouds are likely to scatter across the area overnight but shower chances are nil. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Beautifully dry and mild weather into next week," 5 Nov. 2020 But Democrats and Republicans remain at an impasse and the chance of a relief package before the election appear close to nil. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Economy grew at record 33.1% pace in Q3 as more businesses reopened after COVID-19 shutdowns," 29 Oct. 2020 Oregonians no longer have to pay postage to mail their ballots and the coronavirus risk of walking to one’s own mailbox to set out a ballot is nil. oregonlive, "Wyden, Merkley decry ‘diabolical’ plan by Trump to destroy Postal Service, potentially imperiling vote by mail and fair elections," 15 Aug. 2020

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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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“Nil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nil

: none at all
British : a score of zero


\ ˈnil How to pronounce nil (audio) \

Kids Definition of nil

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

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