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NE’WEL. n.s.

NE'WEL. n.s.

NEWEL. n.s.
I. The compass round which the staircase is carried.
Let the stairs to the upper rooms be upon a fair open
newel, and finely railed in.  Bacon, Essay 46.
2. Newel; novelty.  Spenser.



NE’THERMOST. n.s. [super of nether.] Lowest.
Great is thy mercy toward me, and thou hast delivered
my soul from the nethermost hell. Psalm lxxxvi. 13.
Undaunted to meet there whatever pow’r,
Or spirit, of the nethermost abyss
Might in that noise reside. Milton’s Paradise Lost, b. ii.
All that can be said of a liar lodged in the very nethermost
hell, is this, that if the vengeance of God could prepare
any place worse than hell for sinners, hell itself would be
too good for him. South’s Sermons.
Heraclitus tells us, that the eclipse of the sun was after
the manner of a boat, when the concave, as to our sight,
appears uppermost, and the convex nethermost. Keil [against] Bur.

NE’STEGG. n.s.

NE'STEGG. n.s.

NE’STEGG. n.s. [nest and egg.] An egg left in the next to
keep the hen from forsaking it.
Books and money laid for shew,
Like nesteggs, to make clients lay.  Hudibras.



Whilst our souls negotiate yre,
We like sepulchral statues lay:
All day ye same our postures were
And we said nothing all ye day

Neglectingly adv.

Neglectingly adv.

Neglectingly adv. /neglect/
¶ wth heedlessness, wth ne-
I all smarting wth my wounds,
being galld
To be so pester’d by a popinjay,
Answer’d neglectingly I know
not wt Shak.

NA’YWORD. n.s.

NA'YWORD. n.s.

NA’YWORD. n.s. [nay and word.]
I. The side of denial; the saying nay.
You would believe my saying,
Howe’ever you lean to th’nayword. Shak. Win. Tale.
2. A proverbial reproach; a bye word.
If I do not gull him into a nayword, and make him a
common recreation, do not think I have wit enough to lie
straight in my bed.  Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
3. A watchword. Not in use.
I have spoken with her; and we have a nayword how to
know one another. I come to her in white, and cry mum;
she cries budget; and by that we know one another. Sha.



NA’TURALNESS. n.s. [from natural.]
I. The state of being given or produced by nature.
The naturalness of a desire, is the cause that the satisfac-
tion of it is pleasure, and pleasure importunes the will; and
that which importunes the will, puts a difficulty on the will
refusing or forbearing it.  South’s Sermons.
2. Conformity to truth and reality; not affectation.
He must understand what is contained in the temperament
of the eyes, in the naturalness of the eyebrows. Dryden.
Horace speaks of these parts in an ode that may be reckoned
among the finest for the naturalness of the thought, and the
beauty of the expression.  Addison.



NA’TIONAL. adj. [national, Fr. from nation.]
I. Publick; general; not private; not particular.
They in their earthly Canaan plac’d,
Long time shall dwell and prosper: but when sins
National interrupt their public peace. Milton’s P. Lost.
Such a national devotion inspires men with sentiments of
religious gratitude, and swells their hearts with joy and ex-
ultation. Addison’s Freeholder, No. 40.
The astonishing victories our armies have been crowned
with, were in some measure the blessings returned upon that
national charity which has been so conspicuous. Addison.
God, in the execution of his judgments, never visits a people
with public and general calamities, but where their sins are
public and national too. Rogers’s Sermons.
2. Bigotted to one’s own country.



NA’PTAKING. n.s. [nap and take.] Suprize; seizure on a
sudden; unexpected onset, like that made on men asleep.
Naptakings, assaults, spoilings, and firings, have in our fore-
father’s days, between us and France, been very common.



The supper does wth sprightly mirth
Each has his jest: The nappy ale
goes round.
Nor the squab daugh[ter] nor the wife
were nice;
Each health the youths began Sim
pledg’d it twice