Published August 3, 2009
NYMPH. n.s. [νυμρη; nympha, Lat.]
I. A goddess of the woods, meadows, or waters.
And as the moisture which the thirsty earth
Sucks from the sea, to fill her empty veins,
From out her womb at last doth take a birth,
And runs a nymph along the grassy plains. Daviers
2. A lady. In poetry.
This resolve no mortal dame,
None but those eyes cou’d have o’erthrown;
The nymph I dare not, need not name. Waller.
Published August 2, 2009
To NU’STLE. v.a. To fondle; to cherish. Corrupted from
Published August 1, 2009
NU’RSLING. n.s. [from nurse.] One nursed up; a fondling.
Then was she held in sovereign dignity,
And made the nursling of nobility. Spenser.
I was his nursling once, and choice delight,
His destin’d from the womb. Milt. Agonistes.
In their tender nonage, while they spread
Their springing leaves and lift their infant head,
Indulge their childhood, and the nursling spare. Dryden.
Published July 31, 2009
Nundination n.s. [^nundinatio from] nundine Lat
an open scandalous sale
of a thing
The shameful nundination
of masses ws clean taken
away Dr Ferne’s
Published July 30, 2009
NU’NCIO. n.s. [Italian, from nuncio, Latin.]
I. A messenger; one that brings tidings.
She will attend it better in thy youth
Than in a nuncio of more grave aspect. Shakespeare.
They honoured the nuncios of spring; and we find the
Rhodians had a solemn song to welcome in the swallow. Bro.
2. A kind of spiritual envoy from the pope.
This man was honoured with the character of nuncio
to the Venetians. Atterbury.
Published July 29, 2009
NOWADAYS. adv. [This word, though common and used by
the best writers, is perhaps barbarous.] In the present age.
Not so great as it was wont of your,
It’s nowadays, ne half so straight and fore. Hubberd.
Reason and love keep little company together nowadays.
Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s N. Dream.
It was a vestal and a virgin fire, and differed as much from
that which passes by this name nowadays, as the vital heat
from the burning of a fever. South’s Sermons.
Such are those principles, which by reason of the bold
cavils of perverse and unreasonable men, we are nowadays
put to defend. Tillotson, Serm. I.
What men of spirit nowadays,
Come to give sober judgment of new plays. Garrick’s Ep.
Published July 28, 2009
NO’VEL. n.s. [nouvelle, French.]
I. A small tale, generally of love.
Nothing of a foreign nature; like the trifling novels which
Ariosto inserted in his poems. Dryden.
Her mangl’d fame in barb’rous pastime lost,
The coxcomb’s novel and the drunkard’s toast. Prior.
2. A law annexed to the code.
By the civil law, no one was to be ordained a presbyter
till he was thirty-five years of age: though by a later novel
it was sufficient, if he was above thirty. Ayliffe’s Par.