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nacelle A streamlined housing or tank for something on the outside of an aircraft or motor vehicle.
narcoma Stupor induced by a narcotic.
narthex The narthex of a church is the entrance or lobby area, located at the end of the nave, at the far end from the church's main altar. Traditionally the narthex was a part of the church building, but was not considered part of the church proper.
natal Pertaining to birth, usually in the context of animals that return to their place of birth to spawn or give birth themselves.
nativism 1. A sociopolitical policy, especially in the United States in the 19th century, favoring the interests of established inhabitants over those of immigrants. 2. The reestablishment or perpetuation of native cultural traits, especially in opposition to acculturation. 3. Philosophy. The doctrine that the mind produces ideas that are not derived from external sources.
navvy A shorter form of navigational engineer (USA) or navigator (UK) and is particularly applied to describe the manual labourers working on major civil engineering projects.
ne plus ultra The highest point; acme.
necromancy Conjuration of the spirits of the dead for purposes of magically revealing the future or influencing the course of events.
nefandous Unspeakable, appalling, blasphemous in character; not to be named.
nescience 1. Lack of knowledge or awareness; ignorance. 2. The doctrine that nothing is actually knowable.
neuralgia Neuralgia is pain in one or more nerves that occurs without stimulation of pain receptor (nociceptor) cells. Neuralgia pain is produced by a change in neurological structure or function rather than by the excitation of pain receptors that causes nociceptive pain.
neurasthenia An ill-defined medical condition characterized by lassitude, fatigue, headache, and irritability, associated chiefly with emotional disturbance.
neurotropic Of a virus, toxin, or chemical, tending to attack or affect the nervous system preferentially.
niaiserie Discours, parole niaise, stupide; sottise; idiotie; ânerie.
nictitating membrane The nictitating membrane (from Latin "to blink") is a transparent or translucent third eyelid present in some animals that can be drawn across the eye for protection and to moisten the eye while also keeping visibility.
Nisei A person born outside of Japan of parents who were born in Japan.
nocebo In medicine, a nocebo is a harmless substance that creates harmful effects in a patient who takes it. The nocebo effect is the negative psychogenic reaction experienced by a patient who receives a nocebo.
nociception Nociception (synonym: nocioception or nociperception) is defined as "the neural processes of encoding and processing noxious stimuli." It is the afferent activity produced in the peripheral and central nervous systems by stimuli that have the potential to damage tissue. This activity is initiated by nociceptors (also called pain receptors), that can detect mechanical, thermal or chemical changes above a set threshold. Once stimulated, a nociceptor transmits a signal along the spinal cord, to the brain. Nociception triggers a variety of autonomic responses and may also result in a subjective experience of pain in sentient beings.
nock The groove at either end of a bow for holding the bowstring.
noetic The word "noetic" is derived from the Greek word "nous," meaning mind, intelligence or ways of knowing. There is no exact equivalent in English. It refers to "inner knowing," a kind of intuitive consciousness, i.e. direct and immediate access to knowledge beyond what is available to our normal senses or the power of reason.
nome One of the thirty-six territorial divisions of ancient Egypt.
nomocentric In religion, based on law or laws.
nomological Relating to or denoting certain principles, such as laws of nature, that are neither logically necessary nor theoretically explicable, but are simply taken as true.
nonplus Perplex: be a mystery or bewildering to.
noon Noon (Punjabi: نون) is a prominent Punjabi tribe in Pakistan, found among both Rajputs and Jats.
nori Dried edible seaweed. Flat sheets are used to roll maki sushi, and it can be shredded and used as a condiment.
noria A device for raising water from a stream, consisting of a chain of buckets revolving around a wheel driven by the water current.
normative Refers to value judgments as to "what ought to be," in contrast to positive which is about "what is."
nostrum A medicine or remedy in conventional use which has not been proven to have any desirable medical effects.
nothocline The serial arrangement of characters or forms produced by crossing species; synonym, hybrid cline.
nothomorph A plant produced by hybridization.
nothosonomia Indecent language in which another person is called a "bastard."
nothous Spurious; bastard.
novitiate 1. The period during which you are a novice (especially in a religious order). 2. Someone who has entered a religious order but has not taken final vows.
nuncio The highest title used for Catholic clerics serving in the Vatican diplomatic service, equivalent to ambassador.
nyctinasty The circadian rhythmic nastic movement of higher plants in response to the onset of darkness. Examples are the closing of the petals of a flower at dusk and the sleep movements of the leaves of many legumes.
nympholepsy An ecstatic frenzy, said to have taken possession of one who looked upon a nymph; hence, an emotional state caused by unrealizable desire.
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