the brand name of various toys modeled especially on sports equipment but made of foam rubber or other soft substances.
verb (used with object)
(lowercase) Slang. (in a video game) to reconfigure (an existing character or weapon), making it less powerful:
The game development team nerfed several guns in the recent update.
1955, in nerf bars, hot-rodder slang for “custom bumpers;” from slang verb in auto racing (1953) meaning “to nudge something with a bumper in passing and knock it off course;” ultimate origin and signification unknown.
As a trademark name for toys made of foam-like material for indoor play, introduced 1970 (Nerf ball). By 1995 this had yielded a verbal sense of “to make less effective” (as a Nerf basketball is softer and lighter than the real thing).
To bump a car out of one’s way
[1950s+ Hot rodders; origin unknown]
Nergal, protect the king! (1.) One of the “princes of the king of Babylon who accompanied him in his last expedition against Jerusalem” (Jer. 39:3, 13). (2.) Another of the “princes,” who bore the title of “Rabmag.” He was one of those who were sent to release Jeremiah from prison (Jer. 39:13) by “the captain […]
[nair-ee; Italian ne-ree] /ˈnɛər i; Italian ˈnɛ ri/ noun 1. Saint Philip (Filippo Neri) 1515–95, Italian priest: founder of Congregation of the Oratory. /ˈnɪərɪ/ noun 1. Saint Philip. Italian name Filippo de’ Neri. 1515–95, Italian priest; founder of the Congregation of the Oratory (1564). Feast day: May 26
[nuh-rahy-nee] /nəˈraɪ ni/ noun 1. any of several bulbous plants belonging to the genus Nerine, of the amaryllis family, native to southern Africa, having funnel-shaped red, pink, or white flowers. /nəˈriːnɪ/ noun 1. any plant of the bulbous S. African genus Nerine, related to the amaryllis; several species are grown as garden or pot plants […]
[nuh-rit-ik] /nəˈrɪt ɪk/ adjective 1. of or relating to the region of water lying directly above the sublittoral zone of the sea bottom. /nɛˈrɪtɪk/ adjective 1. of or formed in the region of shallow seas near a coastline adj. 1891, from German neritisch (Haeckel, 1890), perhaps from Nerita, a genus of molluscs. neritic (nə-rĭt’ĭk) Relating […]