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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.

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.