[noo-truh l, nyoo-] /ˈnu trəl, ˈnyu-/
not taking part or giving assistance in a dispute or war between others:
a neutral nation during World War II.
not aligned with or supporting any side or position in a controversy:
The arbitrator was absolutely neutral.
of or belonging to a neutral state or party:
of no particular kind, characteristics, etc.; indefinite:
a neutral personality that made no impression whatever; a sex-neutral job title.
Botany, Zoology. .
not causing or reflecting a change in something:
It is believed that the new tax law will be revenue neutral.
Chemistry. exhibiting neither acid nor alkaline qualities:
Phonetics. (of a vowel) pronounced with the tongue relaxed in a central position, as the a in alive; reduced.
a person or a nation that remains neutral, as in a controversy or war.
a citizen of a neutral nation during a war.
Machinery, Automotive. the position or state of disengaged gears or other interconnecting parts:
a neutral color.
not siding with any party to a war or dispute
of, belonging to, or appropriate to a neutral party, country, etc: neutral land
of no distinctive quality, characteristics, or type; indifferent
(of a colour such as white or black) having no hue; achromatic
(of a colour) dull, but harmonizing with most other colours
a less common term for neuter (sense 2)
(chem) neither acidic nor alkaline
(physics) having zero charge or potential
(rare) having no magnetism
(phonetics) (of a vowel) articulated with the tongue relaxed in mid-central position and the lips midway between spread and rounded: the word “about” begins with a neutral vowel
a neutral person, nation, etc
a citizen of a neutral state
the position of the controls of a gearbox that leaves the transmission disengaged
late 15c., “composed of contrasting elements which, in proper proportion, neutralize each other,” from Middle French neutral, from Latin neutralis “of neuter gender,” from neuter (see neuter (adj.)). Chemistry sense is from 1660s. Sense of “not taking sides in a fight” (1540s) probably is from a similar meaning in Medieval Latin. Of colors, from 1821. Neutral corner is from boxing (1908).
mid-15c., “one who remains neutral,” from Latin neutralis “of neuter gender,” (see neutral (adj.)). Meaning “disengaged position in gear mechanisms” is from 1912.
neutral neu·tral (nōō’trəl, nyōō’-)
noun, Philosophy. 1. the theory that mind and matter consist of different relations between entities that are themselves neither mental nor physical. noun 1. the philosophical doctrine that mind and body are both constructs of the same elements which cannot themselves be classified either as mental or physical See also monism (sense 1)
- Neutral mutation
neutral mutation n. A mutation with a negligible impact on genetic fitness.
- Neutral nation
noun a group of Native American tribes of the Iroquois branch that originally occupied northern Lake Erie territory and which was neutral during the Iroquois-Huron wars
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb) 1. nonflavored alcohol of 95 percent, or 190 proof, obtained chiefly from grain or molasses or redistilled from brandy, rum, etc., used for blending with straight whiskies and in the making of gin, cordials, liqueurs, and the like. noun 1. (functioning as singular or pl) (US) ethanol […]