from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Used to express refusal, denial, disbelief, emphasis, or disagreement: No, I'm not going. No, you're wrong.
- adv. Not at all; not by any degree. Often used with the comparative: no better; no more.
- adv. Not: whether or no.
- n. A negative response; a denial or refusal: The proposal produced only noes.
- n. A negative vote or voter.
- interj. Used to express strong refusal, doubt, or disbelief.
- adj. Not any; not one; not a: No cookies are left.
- adj. Not at all; not close to being: He is no child.
- adj. Hardly any: got there in no time flat. See Usage Note at nor1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- Not any.
- Not any possibility or allowance of (doing something).
- Not (a); not properly, not really; not fully.
- adv. Not.
- adv. Not any, not at all.
- prep. Used to show disagreement or negation.
- prep. Used to show agreement with a negative question.
- n. A negating expression; an answer that shows disagreement or disapproval.
- n. A vote not in favor, or opposing a proposition.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not any; not one; none; ; -- often used as a quantifier.
- adv. Nay; not; not at all; not in any respect or degree; -- a word expressing negation, denial, or refusal. Before or after another negative, no is emphatic.
- n. A refusal by use of the word no; a denial.
- n. A negative vote; one who votes in the negative
- n. Number; -- the number designating place in an ordered sequence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not ever; never; not at all; not.
- Not so; nay; not: with implied, but not expressed, repetition of a preceding (or succeeding) statement denied or question answered in the negative, with change of person if necessary.
- In answer to a request (expressed or anticipated): in this use often repeated for emphasis: as, no, no, do not ask me.
- Used parenthetically in iteration of another negative.
- Used continuatively, in iteration and amplification of a previous negative, expressed or understood.
- Not: used after or, at the end of a sentence or clause, as the representative of an independent negative sentence or clause, the first clause being often introduced by whether or if: as, he is uncertain whether to accept it or no; he may take it or no, as he pleases.
- See no. adverb
- n. A denial; the word of denial.
- n. A negative vote, or a person who votes in the negative: as, the noes have it.
- Not any; not one; none.
- No is used, like not in similar constructions, with a word of depreciation or diminution, to denote a certain degree of excellence, small or great according to circumstances.
- Not in any degree; not at all; in no respect; not: used with a comparative: as, no longer: no shorter; no more; wo less.
- An abbreviation of the Latin numero, ablative of numerus, number: used for English number, and so as a plural Nos.: as, No. 2, and Nos, 9 and 10.
- n. In Japan, a sort of dignified operatic performance consisting of music and dancing, with recitation. The carved masks worn by the performers indicate the characters portrayed.
- n. An abbreviation
- n. of northern
- n. In chem., the symbol for noriurn.
- An abbreviation of not otherwise provided for.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. referring to the degree to which a certain quality is present
- adj. quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns for indicating a complete or almost complete lack or zero quantity of
- adv. used to express refusal or denial or disagreement etc or especially to emphasize a negative statement
- adv. not in any degree or manner; not at all
- n. a radioactive transuranic element synthesized by bombarding curium with carbon ions; 7 isotopes are known
- n. a negative
- n. the number designating place in an ordered sequence
Middle English, from Old English nā : ne, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + ā, ever; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English, variant of non, from Old English nān, none : ne, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + ān, one; see one.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English no, noo, na, a reduced form of none, noon, nan ("none, not any") used before consonants (compare a to an), from Old English nān ("none, not any"), from ne ("not") + ān ("one"), equivalent to ne (“not”) + a. Compare Old Saxon nigēn ("not any") (Saxon/Low German nen), Dutch geen, Old High German nihein (German kein). More at no, one. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English no, na, from Old English nā, nō ("never"), from Proto-Germanic *nai (“never”), *nē (“not”), from Proto-Indo-European *ne, *nē, *nēy (negative particle), equivalent to Old English ne ("not") + ā, ō ("ever, always"). Cognate with West Frisian né ("no"), West Frisian nea ("never"), Dutch nee ("no"), Low German nee ("no"), German nie ("never"), Icelandic nei ("no"). More at nay. (Wiktionary)