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NA’TIONAL. adj.

NA'TIONAL. adj.

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.

NA'PTAKING. n.s.

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.
Carew.

nappy

nappy

The supper does wth sprightly mirth
abound;
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
Bettert.

NA’MELESS. adj.

NA'MELESS. adj.

NA’MELESS. adj. [from name.]
I. Not distinguished by any discriminative appellation.
On the cold earth lies th’unregarded king,
A headless caracass, and a nameless thing.  Denham.
The milky way,
Fram’d of many nameless stars.  Waller.
Thy reliques, Rowe, to this fair shrine we trust,
And sacred, place by Dryden’s awful dust;
Beneath a rude and nameless stone he lies,
To which thy tomb shall guide enquiring eyes.  Pope.
2. One of which the name is not known or mentioned.
Little credit is dut to accusations of this kind, when they
come from suspected, that is, from nameless pens.
Atterbury’s Sermons.

NADIR. n.s.

NADIR. n.s.

NADIR. n.s. [Arabick.] The point under foot directly opposite to the zenith.
As far as four bright signs comprize,
The distant zenith from the nadir lies.  Creech.