Definition of "nil" []

  • Nothing; zero. (noun)
  • Another word for nothing: used esp in the scoring of certain games (noun)

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Use "nil" in a sentence
  • "I warmed to the cover for a start, cocoa-eau-de-nil is my current favourite colour combination but I opened it and everything I've known all my life was immediately set out before me."
  • "The church of Ménil is a ruin, but the parsonage still stands – a plain little house at the end of the street; and here the curé received us, and led us into a room which he has turned into a chapel."
  • "Thus our word nil literally means "not even a wee little bit.""