Definition of nought in English:

nought

noun & pronoun

  • variant spelling of naught
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yet the courts of the land counted as nought this wondrous devotion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Most of the Crustacean's money-making schemes came to nought.’
    • ‘One more error and all the good work she had done on Friday would be for nought.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the fact the Cowboys had never beaten the Broncos counted for nought last weekend.’
    • ‘We must not believe that the triumph of experimental science reduced to nought the dreams and ideals of the alchemist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    nothing, nothing at all, naught
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Pronunciation

nought

/nôt/