[noo-tey-shuh n, nyoo-] /nuˈteɪ ʃən, nyu-/
an act or instance of nodding one’s head, especially involuntarily or spasmodically.
Botany. spontaneous movements of plant parts during growth.
Astronomy. the periodic oscillation observed in the precession of the earth’s axis and the precession of the equinoxes.
Mechanics. the variation of the inclination of the axis of a gyroscope to the vertical.
(astronomy) a periodic variation in the precession of the earth’s axis causing the earth’s poles to oscillate about their mean position
(physics) a periodic variation in the uniform precession of the axis of any spinning body, such as a gyroscope, about the horizontal
Also called circumnutation. the spiral growth of a shoot, tendril, or similar plant organ, caused by variation in the growth rate in different parts
the act or an instance of nodding the head
1610s, “action of nodding,” from Latin nutationem (nominative nutatio), noun of action from past participle stem of nutare “to nod,” from PIE *neu- “to nod” (see numinous). Astronomical use is from 1715. Related: Nutational.
nutation nu·ta·tion (nōō-tā’shən, nyōō-)
The act of nodding the head, especially involuntarily.
adjective : murdered by nutball moneybags Harry K Thaw/ Use the nutbar examples we’ve provided here/ not such a nutcake question noun A crazy or eccentric person; nut: A lot of nutballs accost you at that corner/ The Protestants in Ireland also have their share of nutcakes/ I’m not a nut case (entry form, bar, […]
[nuht-broun] /ˈnʌtˈbraʊn/ adjective 1. dark brown, as many nuts when ripe. /ˈnʌtˈbraʊn/ adjective 1. of a brownish colour, esp a reddish-brown: nutbrown hair
modifier Crazy; very eccentric: Here are the nutburger remedies, my fellow sufferers/ It was a complete nutburger case [1980s+; ”a sort of hamburger made with nuts” found by 1934]
/ˈnʌtˌkeɪs/ noun 1. (slang) an insane or very foolish person adjective : murdered by nutball moneybags Harry K Thaw/ Use the nutbar examples we’ve provided here/ not such a nutcake question noun A crazy or eccentric person; nut: A lot of nutballs accost you at that corner/ The Protestants in Ireland also have their share […]