[noh] /noʊ/

(a negative used to express dissent, denial, or refusal, as in response to a question or request)
(used to emphasize or introduce a negative statement):
Not a single person came to the party, no, not a one.
not in any degree or manner; not at all (used with a comparative):
He is no better.
not a (used before an adjective to convey the opposite of the adjective‘s meaning):
His recovery was no small miracle.
not a (used before a noun to convey the opposite of the noun‘s meaning):
She’s no beginner on the ski slopes.
noun, plural noes, nos.
an utterance of the word “no.”.
a denial or refusal:
He responded with a definite no.
a negative vote or voter:
The noes have it.
verb (used with object)
to reject, refuse approval, or express disapproval of.
verb (used without object)
to express disapproval.
no can do, Informal. it can’t be done.
sentence substitute
used to express denial, disagreement, refusal, disapproval, disbelief, or acknowledgment of negative statements
used with question intonation to query a previous negative statement, as in disbelief: Alfred isn’t dead yet. No?
noun (pl) noes, nos
an answer or vote of no
(often pl) a person who votes in the negative
the noes have it, there is a majority of votes in the negative
not take no for an answer, to continue in a course of action despite refusals
not any, not a, or not one: there’s no money left, no card in the file
not by a long way; not at all: she’s no youngster
(followed by comparative adjectives and adverbs) not: no fewer than forty men, no more quickly than before
no go, See go1 (sense 74)
noun (pl) No, Noh
the stylized classic drama of Japan, developed in the 15th century or earlier, using music, dancing, chanting, elaborate costumes, and themes from religious stories or myths
Lake No, a lake in South Sudan, where the Bahr el Jebel (White Nile) is joined by the Bahr el Ghazal. Area: about 103 sq km (40 sq miles)
Chemical symbol

“negative reply,” early 13c., from Old English na (adv.) “no, never, not at all,” from ne “not, no” + a “ever.” First element from Proto-Germanic *ne (cf. Old Norse, Old Frisian, Old High German ne, Gothic ni “not”), from PIE root *ne “no, not” (see un-). Second element from PIE *aiw- “vital force, life, long life, eternity” (see aye (2)).

As an adjective meaning “not any” (c.1200) it is reduced from Old English nan (see none), the final -n omitted first before consonants and then altogether. As a noun from c.1300. Phrase no can do “it is not possible” is attested from 1827, a locution of English-speaking Chinese noted 19c. in China, Australia and West Coast of U.S.

We repeated our advice again and again, but got no answer but a loud horse-laugh, and their national maxim of No can do: Europe fashion no do in China. [“Reminiscences of a Voyage to and from China,” in “Paxton’s Horticultural Register,” London, 1836]

Construction no X, no Y attested from 1530s (in no peny no pardon). No problem as an interjection of assurance first attested 1963. No way as an expression meaning “it can’t be done” is attested by 1968.

No 2

The symbol for the element nobelium.
The symbol for nobelium.
New Oxford English Dictionary
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or No-A’mon, the home of Amon, the name of Thebes, the ancient capital of what is called the Middle Empire, in Upper or Southern Egypt. “The multitude of No” (Jer. 46:25) is more correctly rendered, as in the Revised Version, “Amon of No”, i.e., No, where Jupiter Amon had his temple. In Ezek. 30:14, 16 it is simply called “No;” but in ver. 15 the name has the Hebrew Hamon prefixed to it, “Hamon No.” This prefix is probably the name simply of the god usually styled Amon or Ammon. In Nah. 3:8 the “populous No” of the Authorized Version is in the Revised Version correctly rendered “No-Amon.” It was the Diospolis or Thebes of the Greeks, celebrated for its hundred gates and its vast population. It stood on both sides of the Nile, and is by some supposed to have included Karnak and Luxor. In grandeur and extent it can only be compared to Nineveh. It is mentioned only in the prophecies referred to, which point to its total destruction. It was first taken by the Assyrians in the time of Sargon (Isa. 20). It was afterwards “delivered into the hand” of Nebuchadnezzar and Assurbani-pal (Jer. 46:25, 26). Cambyses, king of the Persians (B.C. 525), further laid it waste by fire. Its ruin was completed (B.C. 81) by Ptolemy Lathyrus. The ruins of this city are still among the most notable in the valley of the Nile. They have formed a great storehouse of interesting historic remains for more than two thousand years. “As I wandered day after day with ever-growing amazement amongst these relics of ancient magnificence, I felt that if all the ruins in Europe, classical, Celtic, and medieval, were brought together into one centre, they would fall far short both in extent and grandeur of those of this single Egyptian city.” Manning, The Land of the Pharaohs.


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