Definition of nought in English:



  • The digit 0.

    • ‘When the money came through, I went to the cash machine, pressed that little button and saw all the noughts come up at the end.’
    • ‘I once had to pay a tax bill with a serious number of noughts on it.’
    • ‘It's worth spelling that out in noughts - $7,000,000, 000,000-to get the true picture.’
    • ‘Inevitably most of the best bits get picked up by the handful of adjacent shopkeepers who can add three noughts to the local price - and get it.’
    • ‘It is far from the first time a country has dispensed with excess noughts - some 50 countries have done so since Germany in 1923.’
    • ‘Multiply population by wealth and compare the two countries - you will have to get rid of some of the noughts or your calculator will overload.’
    • ‘Just to see a ‘one’ with those six noughts next to it is hard to believe.’
    • ‘If there's something that sets my tolerance barometer to nought it's people suggesting presents for people they don't know.’
    • ‘It is the number one followed by 12 noughts; a trillion pounds is roughly equivalent to the combined gross domestic product of the world's 155 least wealthy nations.’
    • ‘Smailes added: ‘It will add two or three noughts to the value of a painting.’’
    • ‘My father worked there for 40 years, I've been a customer for almost another 40, and I still owe it a large number with several noughts on the end.’
    • ‘The more precise figure is a big number with a lot of noughts: £5,842, 700,000,000!’
    • ‘It's dangerous to make moral judgments on the Leeds players just because they have more noughts than us on the end of their salaries.’
    • ‘The numbers are moving lightning fast, but are very simple: made up of noughts and ones.’
    • ‘The bill from the hotel came to 1644 Turkish lira followed by six noughts.’
    • ‘‘Er, no, an eight-figure sum,’ said Gerald Krasner, trying to keep a grip on all the noughts.’
    • ‘In pre-euro days, Italians had little confidence in the lira - and no wonder, with all those absurd noughts that required a focusing of the eyes on the dinner bill.’
    • ‘Sadly, when some ends of the sporting market do business with seven noughts permanently attached, it is hard to admit failure.’
    • ‘I thought it was €30,000 I had won but there was a couple of more noughts!’
    • ‘From July 1 every 10,000 of the old lei will be exchanged for one new leu, knocking four noughts off the currency.’
    nil, zero, 0
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  • variant spelling of naught
    • ‘One more error and all the good work she had done on Friday would be for nought.’
    • ‘But if I had pride in my learning, I had more in my desire not to remain where there was nought for me but the fading memory of my father's name.’
    • ‘Yet the courts of the land counted as nought this wondrous devotion.’
    • ‘In Frost at Midnight, Coleridge, with his young son at his side, muses on his own childhood in London, where he ‘saw nought lovely but the sky and stars’.’
    • ‘We must not believe that the triumph of experimental science reduced to nought the dreams and ideals of the alchemist.’
    • ‘Still, there was nought he could do, other than fight and survive.’
    • ‘Their good work was set at nought a minute later when Kildare lost the ball in midfield and senior midfielder Martin McGrath raced through to stick the ball in the net four minutes from the interval.’
    • ‘It is home where the criminal attitude of the children towards women could be prevented and thus the crimes against women in the future could be brought to nought.’
    • ‘The driver tried to swerve out of he way but it was for nought: they hit the other vehicle head on and died in a blaze of fire.’
    • ‘The existence of a parallel common law right, whereby individual householders who suffer sewer flooding may themselves bring court proceedings when no enforcement order has been made, would set at nought the statutory scheme.’
    • ‘Roudaire's dream came to nought but a few years later, an engineer from Montpellier, Alphonse Duponchel, argued that a railway should be driven across the Sahara linking French colonies in North and West Africa.’
    • ‘Most of the Crustacean's money-making schemes came to nought.’
    • ‘But the fact the Cowboys had never beaten the Broncos counted for nought last weekend.’
    • ‘But if the proposition is that State amendment rules can displace and effectively set at nought the Commonwealth limitation, then we obviously would have difficulty and reject that proposition.’
    nothing, nothing at all, naught
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