[noo-ahns, nyoo-, noo-ahns, nyoo-; French ny-ahns] /ˈnu ɑns, ˈnyu-, nuˈɑns, nyu-; French nüˈɑ̃s/
noun, plural nuances
[noo-ahn-siz, nyoo-, noo-ahn-siz, nyoo-; French ny-ahns] /ˈnu ɑn sɪz, ˈnyu-, nuˈɑn sɪz, nyu-; French nüˈɑ̃s/ (Show IPA)
a subtle difference or distinction in expression, meaning, response, etc.
a very slight difference or variation in color or tone.
a subtle difference in colour, meaning, tone, etc; a shade or graduation
verb (transitive; passive)
to give subtle differences to: carefully nuanced words
1781, from French nuance “slight difference, shade of color” (17c.), from nuer “to shade,” from nue “cloud,” from Gallo-Romance *nuba, from Latin nubes “a cloud, mist, vapor,” from PIE *sneudh- “fog” (cf. Avestan snaoda “clouds,” Latin obnubere “to veil,” Welsh nudd “fog,” Greek nython, in Hesychius “dark, dusky”). According to Klein, a reference to “the different colors of the clouds.”
1886, from nuance (n.). Related: Nuanced.
A fine shade of meaning: “I liked the film, but I know I missed some of its nuances.”
[nuhb] /nʌb/ noun 1. the point, gist, or heart of something. 2. a knob or protuberance. 3. a lump or small piece: a nub of coal; a nub of pencil. 4. a small mass of fibers produced on a card, dyed brilliant colors, and introduced into yarn during the spinning process. /nʌb/ noun 1. a […]
/ˈnjuːbə/ noun 1. (pl) -bas, -ba. a member of a formerly warlike Nilotic people living chiefly in the hills of S central Sudan 2. the language or group of related dialects spoken by this people, belonging to the Chari-Nile branch of the Nilo-Saharan family
/ˈnjuːˌbeɪn/ noun trademark 1. an opiate drug, nalbuphine hydrochloride, used as a painkiller and, illegally, by bodybuilders and others to increase their pain threshold and as a recreational drug, being a cheap alternative to heroin
[nuhb-ee] /ˈnʌb i/ adjective, nubbier, nubbiest. 1. having ; knobby or lumpy. /ˈnʌbɪ/ adjective 1. having small lumps or protuberances; knobbly adj. 1876, from nub + -y (2).