from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not aligned with, supporting, or favoring either side in a war, dispute, or contest.
- adj. Belonging to neither side in a controversy: on neutral ground.
- adj. Belonging to neither kind; not one thing or the other.
- adj. Sexless; neuter.
- adj. Chemistry Of or relating to a solution or compound that is neither acidic nor alkaline.
- adj. Chemistry Of or relating to a compound that does not ionize in solution.
- adj. Physics Of or relating to a particle, an object, or a system that has neither positive nor negative electric charge.
- adj. Physics Of or relating to a particle, object, or system that has a net electric charge of zero.
- adj. Of or indicating a color, such as gray, black, or white, that lacks hue; achromatic.
- adj. Linguistics Pronounced with the tongue in a middle position, neither high nor low, as the a in around.
- n. A nation nonaligned with either side in a war.
- n. A citizen of such a nation.
- n. One who takes no side in a controversy: "I am by disposition one of life's neutrals, a human Switzerland” ( John Gregory Dunne).
- n. A neutral hue.
- n. A position in which a set of gears is disengaged so that power cannot be transmitted.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not taking sides in a conflict such as war; nonaligned.
- adj. Favouring neither the supporting nor opposing viewpoint of a topic of debate; unbiased.
- adj. Neither positive nor negative.
- adj. Neither beneficial nor harmful.
- adj. Having no sex; neuter.
- adj. Having no obvious colour; gray
- adj. Neither positive nor negative; possessing no charge or equivalent positive and negative charge such that there is no imbalance.
- adj. Having a pH of 7, neither acidic nor alkaline.
- n. A nonaligned state, or a member of such a state.
- n. A person who takes no side in a dispute.
- n. An individual or entity serving as an arbitrator or adjudicator (jargon / legal).
- n. A neutral hue.
- n. The position of a set of gears in which power cannot be transmitted to the drive mechanism.
- n. An electrical terminal or conductor which has zero or close to zero voltage with respect to the ground.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not engaged on either side; not taking part with or assisting either of two or more contending parties; neuter; indifferent.
- adj. Neither good nor bad; of medium quality; middling; not decided or pronounced.
- adj. Neuter. See Neuter, a., 3.
- adj. Having neither acid nor basic properties; unable to turn red litmus blue or blue litmus red; -- said of certain salts or other compounds. Contrasted with
acid, and alkaline.
- n. A person or a nation that takes no part in a contest between others; one who is neutral.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In the condition of one who refrains from taking sides in a contest or dispute; taking no active part with either of two contestants or belligerents; not engaged on or interfering with either side.
- Belonging to a neutral state: as, neutral ships; a neutral flag.
- Neither one thing nor the other; intermediate; indifferent; mediocre.
- In chem., exhibiting neither acid nor alkaline qualities: as, neutral salts.
- In botany, sexless; having neither stamens nor pistils, as the ray-flowers of many Composite, the marginal flowers of Hydrangea, and the upper florets of many grasses. See cut under Hydrangea.
- In electricity and magnetism, not electrified; not magnetized.
- In color, of low chroma; without positive quality of color; grayish.
- n. A person, party, or nation that takes no part in a contest between others; one who or that which occupies a neutral or indifferent position.
- In metallurgy:
- Neither acid nor basic: said of slag and linings.
- Neither red-short nor cold-short: said of wrought-iron.
- Suitable for production of neutral iron: said of iron-ore.
- See zone.
- n. Specifically, in some United States colleges and universities, one who belongs to none of the Greek-letter or other secret societies.
- n. In electricity, the neutral conductor of a three-wire circuit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having no net electric charge
- adj. having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive
- adj. not supporting or favoring either side in a war, dispute, or contest
- adj. having no personal preference
- adj. having no hue
- adj. lacking distinguishing quality or characteristics
- adj. possessing no distinctive quality or characteristics
- n. one who does not side with any party in a war or dispute
Middle English neuteral, from Old French neutral, from Latin neutrālis, grammatically neuter, from neuter, neutr-; see neuter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French neutral (French: neutre), from Latin neutralis. (Wiktionary)