National Rifle Association (NRA)
An organization that acts as a powerful lobby against governmental restrictions on the private ownership of guns. NRA supporters argue that “guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” They often cite the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which states: “A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
- National road
noun the first US-sponsored highway, built between 1811-1837 from Cumberland MD to Vandalia IL; also, any highway or network of highways built by a country’s government; also called Cumberland Road , [Great National Pike] Examples The modern US 40 and Interstate 70 follow much of the original route of the National Road.
- National savings bank
noun 1. (in Britain) a government savings bank, run through the post office, esp for small savers
- National school
noun 1. (in Ireland) a state primary school 2. (in England in the 19th century) a school run by the Church of England for the children of the poor
noun, U.S. Government. 1. an independent agency of the executive branch, created in 1950, that promotes and supports research and education in the sciences. Abbreviation: NSF.