\ ˈnil How to pronounce nil (audio) \

Definition of nil

Other Words from nil

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 Tomorrow night: Clouds scatter through the area, but shower chances are nil. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 As has been standard following each successive court rebuke, a mad scramble ensued behind the scenes while official action was nil. Julie Carr Smyth,, 18 Mar. 2022 Even still, Oregon’s chances of improving its resume enough to make the NCAA Tournament as an at-large bit are virtually nil. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 24 Feb. 2022 On top of all that, the app offers over 1,300 on-demand classes, so your chances of getting stuck in a yoga rut are virtually nil. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 23 Jan. 2022 The national security risk was nil, because at that time the Jones Act fleet included zero LNG tankers. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2022 Even if that service dumped him, the chance he would be silenced is nil. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2022 Even with fan choices leavened by media votes, Murray’s chances at a starting nod are nil. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Jan. 2022 While network effects aren’t new, the cost of adding a new member is virtually nil in a digital system, allowing for growth without cost. Oliver Staley, Quartz, 29 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Nil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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\ 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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