Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Not to will; not to wish.
  • intransitive v. To be unwilling; will not.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Shining sparks thrown off from melted brass.
  • n. Scales of hot iron from the forge.
  • v. To be unwilling; will not (+ infinitive).
  • v. To be unwilling.
  • v. To reject, refuse, negate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. Not to will; to refuse; to reject.
  • intransitive v. To be unwilling; to refuse to act.
  • n. Shining sparks thrown off from melted brass.
  • n. Scales of hot iron from the forge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Will not; wish not; refuse; reject.
  • Will not; be unwilling.
  • n. Negative volition; a “will not.”
  • n. A dialectal form of needle.
  • n. A dialectal form of nail.
  • n. The shining sparks of brass given off in trying and melting the ore.
  • n. Scales of hot iron from the forge.

Etymologies

Middle English nilen, from Old English nyllan : ne, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + willan, to desire; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare Irish and Gaelic neul star, light. Compare nebula. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English nillen, from Old English nillan, nellan, nyllan ("to be unwilling, refuse, prevent; not want to"), corresponding to ne +‎ will. Cognate with Old Frisian nelle. (Wiktionary)

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