Archive for July, 2009



Sweet sound
Fm all yir groves wch wth ye heavenly noises
Of yr freest instrumts were wont to sound,
And th’hollow hills fm wch yir silver voices
were wont redoubled echoes to rebound,
Did now rebound wth nought but rueful cries
And yelling shrieks thrown up into ye skies.  Spense

NI’TTILY. adj.

NI'TTILY. adv.

NI’TTILY. adv. [from nitty.] Lousily.
One Bell was put to death at Tyburn for moving a new
rebellion; he was a man nittily needy, and therefore ad-
ventrous. Hayward.



NI’NEFOLD. n.s. [nine and fold.] Nine times; any thing nine
times repeated.
This huge convex of fire,
Outrageous to devour, immures us round ninefold. Milt.

NI’PPER. n.s.

NI'PPER. n.s.

NI’PPER. n.s. [from nip.] A satirist. Out of use.
Ready backbiters, fore nippers, and spiteful reporters privily
of good men.  Ascham.



This is ye night
That ei[the]r makes me or foredoes me quite. Shak.



NIDIFICA’TION. n.s. [nidificatio, Latin.] The act of build-
ing nests.
That place, and that method of nidification, doth abun-
dantly answer the creature’s occasions.  Derham.

NICK. n.s.

NICK. n.s.

NICK. n.s. [nicke, Teutonick, the twinkling of an eye.]
I. Exact point of time at which there is necessity or convenience.
That great instrument of state had foreknowledge of it,
but suffered the fatal thread to be spun out to that length
for some politick respects, and then to cut it off in the very
nick. Howel’s Vocal Forest.
What in our watches that in us is sound,
So to the height and nick we up be wound,
No matter by what hand or trick. Suckling.
That trick,
Had it come in the nick,
Had touch’d us to the quick. Denham.
Though dame fortune seem to smile,
And leer upon him for a while;
She’ll after she him in the nick
Of all his glories a dog trick. Hudibras, p. i. con. 3.
And some with symbols, sighs, and tricks,
Engraved in planetary nicks,
With their own influences will fetch them
Down from their orbs, arrest and catch them. Hud.
This nick of time is the critical occasion for the gaining
of a point. L’Estrange.
2. A notch cut in any thing. [Corrupted from nick or notch.]
3. A score; a reckoning.
Launce his man told me, he lov’d her art of all nick. Shak.
4. A winning throw. [niche, Fr. a ludicrous trick.]
Come, seven’s the main,
Cries Ganymede; the usual trick
Seven, slur a fix, eleven a nick. Prior.

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Immediately afr: Not used now
She by whose lines proporn shd be
Examin’d, measure of all symmetry
Wm had yt ancient seen, who thot souls made
Of harmony, he wd at next have said
That harm’y ws she Donne



NEW-YEAR’S-GIFT. n.s.[new, year, and gift.] Present made
on the first day of the year.
If I be served such a trick, I’ll have my brains taken out
and buttered, and give them to a dog for a new-year’s-gift.
Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor.
When he sat on the throne distributing new-year’s-gifts,
he had his altar of incense by him, that before they received
gifts they might cast a little incense into the firs; which all
good christians refused to do.  Stillingfleet.



NEWFA’NGLED. adj. [new and fangle.] Formed with vain
or foolish love of novelty.
At Christmas I no more desire a rose,
Than with a snow in May’s newfangled shows;
But like of each thing, that in season grows. Shakesp.
Those charities are not newfangled devices of yesterday,
but are most of them as old as the reformation. Atterbury.