noth·​ing·​ness | \ ˈnə-thiŋ-nəs How to pronounce nothingness (audio) \

Definition of nothingness

1 : the quality or state of being nothing: such as
b : utter insignificance
c : death
2 : something insignificant or valueless

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Examples of nothingness in a Sentence

He was staring into nothingness. The sound faded into nothingness.
Recent Examples on the Web Space looks empty from an everyday perspective, but those vast stretches of nothingness between galaxies are actually filled with something like an extremely thin gas—a smattering of protons and electrons with dashes of more exotic elements. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Young galaxies transformed the early universe by blowing bubbles," 10 Jan. 2020 The counter culture that is so accepted today by society in general has taken a final leap into faithless nothingness. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Religion is what Christmas is all about, Mr. Rinaldi; Free the period, Colorado; The high cost of dam safety (12/11/19)," 11 Dec. 2019 A half-dozen people walking through public places, clustering around seeming nothingness and staring at their phones? Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Apple Puts the AR in 'Art' (and in 'Transparent Sky-Being')," 16 Aug. 2019 The rest of the time, the watch face was a black rectangle of nothingness. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Apple Watch Series 5 Review: Always-On Is Always Great," 20 Sep. 2019 Several of the familiar themes are there: the search for and betrayal of the lost mother; the double nature of father/lover and lover/brother; the defense of boredom or nothingness as a moral position more truthful than conventionality. Rachel Cusk, The New Yorker, "Françoise Sagan, the Great Interrogator of Morality," 21 Aug. 2019 Nixon watched his lead over Humphrey dwindle to nothingness. Ken Hughes, The Conversation, "Trump’s bad Nixon imitation may cost him the presidency," 3 Oct. 2019 But to gaze upon it now is to stare into nothingness, the diamond’s glistening facets transformed into a dark, flat void. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "There’s a New Blackest Black in Town," 18 Sep. 2019 That likely would not create a stable wormhole, per se, as the cosmic strings would eventually vibrate themselves into nothingness. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Wormhole," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of nothingness

circa 1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nothingness was circa 1631

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28 Jan 2020

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“Nothingness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nothingness

: empty space
: the state of being no longer seen, heard, or felt

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