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Definition of nth

1 : numbered with an unspecified or indefinitely large ordinal number for the nth time
2 : extreme, utmost to the nth degree

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Examples of nth in a Sentence

exaggerates to the nth degree about everything she ever did
Recent Examples on the Web But Liu’s ability to anticipate the scenario’s nth-degree consequences sets it apart from half-baked speculations. Sheon Han, The New Republic, "Why Are Literature and Philosophy Such an Awkward Match?," 23 Feb. 2021 Ironically, of course, going vegan has strengthened my relationship with my family and cultural identity to the nth degree. Adrienne Matei, Bon Appétit, "‘The Korean Vegan’ Makes Cooking TikToks That Get Real, Quick," 21 Oct. 2020 In the nth generation before the present, your family tree has 2n slots: two for parents, four for grandparents, eight for great-grandparents, and so on. Scott Hershberger, Scientific American, "Humans Are All More Closely Related Than We Commonly Think," 5 Oct. 2020 And this is certainly going to be one of those times to the nth degree. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Avalanche gets taste of what’s to come in scrimmages inside empty Pepsi Center," 16 July 2020 If the former is the ne plus ultra of customer racing cars and the latter the nth-degree GT, the Elva means to carve out an experiential space in between, said Ian Digman, McLaren... Dan Neil, WSJ, "Why Supercars Are Doing Away with Windshields," 14 Mar. 2020 The Fickell Fallout comes at a point where almost every problem at MSU has been magnified to the nth-degree, every decision scrutinized with a microscope, since fall 2016. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football is in danger of re-entering the dark ages," 10 Feb. 2020 There was born the vision for &Juliet, complete with white dad sneakers, fanny packs, cycle shorts, denim getups, non-binary characters, and female empowerment to the nth degree. Valentina Valentini, Teen Vogue, "Musical & Juliet Breaks Gender and Race Barriers," 18 Nov. 2019 There were statement looks aplenty on the front row and the best were directional, irreverent, and embellished to the nth degree. Vogue, "Last Week, Stars Brought Runway Fantasy Into the Real World," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of nth

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nth

n (indefinite number) + -th

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2 Mar 2021

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“Nth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nth. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nth

used to refer to an unknown number in a series of numbers

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