Nice

Definitions

  • Bull Inn Rochester Good house Nice beds. vide Pickwick
    Bull Inn Rochester Good house Nice beds. vide Pickwick
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj nice exhibiting courtesy and politeness "a nice gesture"
    • adj nice excessively fastidious and easily disgusted "too nice about his food to take to camp cooking","so squeamish he would only touch the toilet handle with his elbow"
    • adj nice pleasant or pleasing or agreeable in nature or appearance "what a nice fellow you are and we all thought you so nasty"- George Meredith","nice manners","a nice dress","a nice face","a nice day","had a nice time at the party","the corn and tomatoes are nice today"
    • adj nice done with delicacy and skill "a nice bit of craft","a job requiring nice measurements with a micrometer","a nice shot"
    • adj nice socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous "from a decent family","a nice girl"
    • n Nice a city in southeastern France on the Mediterranean; the leading resort on the French Riviera
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Additional illustrations & photos:

OUR NEAT, NICE, TIDY BOARDING HOUSE AT KANSAS CITY, MO OUR NEAT, NICE, TIDY BOARDING HOUSE AT KANSAS CITY, MO
She is a Nice, Warm-looking Girl 085 She is a Nice, Warm-looking Girl 085
SO NICE OF HER SO NICE OF HER

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name Santa Claus came from Saint Nicholas who was a bishop in the town of Myra, and was known to be very nice to children
    • Nice Apprehending slight differences or delicate distinctions; distinguishing accurately or minutely; carefully discriminating; as, a nice taste or judgment. "Our author happy in a judge so nice .""Nice verbal criticism."
    • Nice Delicate; refined; dainty; pure. "Dear love, continue nice and chaste.""A nice and subtile happiness."
    • Nice Done or made with careful labor; suited to excite admiration on account of exactness; evidencing great skill; exact; fine; finished; as, nice proportions, nice workmanship, a nice application; exactly or fastidiously discriminated; requiring close discrimination; as, a nice point of law, a nice distinction in philosophy. "The difference is too nice Where ends the virtue, or begins the vice."
    • Nice Foolish; silly; simple; ignorant; also, weak; effeminate. "But say that we ben wise and nothing nice ."
    • Nice Of trifling moment; unimportant; trivial. "The letter was not nice , but full of charge
      Of dear import."
    • Nice Overscrupulous or exacting; hard to please or satisfy; fastidious in small matters. "Curious not knowing, not exact but nice .""And to taste
      Think not I shall be nice ."
    • Nice Pleasant; kind; as, a nice person.
    • Nice Pleasing; agreeable; gratifying; delightful; good; as, a nice party; a nice excursion; a nice day; a nice sauce, etc.
    • Nice Well-mannered; well-behaved; as, nice children. "He's making a list, checking it twice.
      Gonna find out who's naughty or nice Santa Claus is coming to town."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptian women used to wear perfume cones made of wax that would melt in the heat letting out a nice fragrance
    • nice Ignorant; weak; foolish.
    • nice Trivial; unimportant.
    • nice Fastidious; very particular or scrupulous; dainty; difficult to please or satisfy; exacting; squeamish.
    • nice Discriminating; critical; discerning; acute.
    • nice Characterized by exactness, accuracy, or precision; formed or performed with precision or minuteness and exactness of detail; accurate; exact; precise: as, nice proportions; nice calculations or workmanship.
    • nice Fine; delicate; involving or demanding scrupulous care or consideration; subtle; difficult to treat or settle.
    • nice Delicate; soft; tender to excess; hence, easily influenced or injured.
    • nice Modest; coy; reserved.
    • nice Pleasant or agreeable to the senses; delicate; tender; sweet; delicious; dainty; as, a nice bit; a nice tint.
    • nice Pleasing or agreeable in general. Elegant or tasteful; affording or fitted to afford pleasure; pleasing; pleasant: often used with some implication of contempt.
    • nice Agreeable; pleasant; good: applied to persons.
    • nice [Nice in this sense is very common in colloquial use as a general epithet of approbation applicable to anything that pleases.]
    • nice Synonyms Nice., Dainty, Fastidious, Squeamish, finical, delicate, exquisite, effeminate, fussy. Nice is the most general of the first four words; it suggests careful choice: as, he is nice in his language and in his dress; it is rarely used of overwrought delicacy. Dainty is stronger than nice, and ranges from a commendable particularity to fastidiousness: as, to be dainty in one's choice of clothes or company; a dainty virtue. Fastidious almost always means a somewhat proud or haughty particularity; a fastidious person is hard to please, because he objects to minute points or to some point in almost everything. Squeamish is founded upon the notion of feeling nausea; hence it means fastidious to an extreme, absurdly particular.
    • nice Definite, rigorous, strict.
    • nice Accurate, Correct, Exact, etc. See accurate.
    • nice Luscious, savory, palatable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Kitsap County, Washington, was originally called Slaughter County, nicely: the first hotel there was called The Slaughter House.
    • adj Nice nīs foolishly simple: over-particular: hard to please: fastidious: marking or taking notice of very small differences: done with great care and exactness, accurate: easily injured: delicate: dainty: agreeable: delightful
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Quotations

  • Phyllis Diller
    Phyllis Diller
    “Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.”
  • Tom Cruise
    Tom Cruise
    “Nothing ends nicely, that's why it ends.”
  • Jack Canfield
    Jack Canfield
    “When you're nice to people, they want to be nice back to you.”
  • Alice Roosevelt Longworth
    Alice Roosevelt Longworth
    “If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.”
  • Wilson Mizner
    Wilson%20Mizner
    “Always be nice to people on the way up; because you'll meet the same people on the way down.”
  • John Cassis
    John Cassis
    “It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.”

Idioms

Nice as pie - If a person is nice as pie, they are surprisingly very kind and friendly. "After our argument, she was nice as pie!"
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE., foolish, fr. OF. nice, ignorant, fool, fr. L. nescius, ignorant; ne, not + scius, knowing, scire, to know. Perhaps influenced by E. nesh, delicate, soft. See No, and Science
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. nice, foolish, simple—L. nescius, ignorant—ne, not, scīre, to know.

Usage

In literature:

But she's a fair sample of the nice kind; and you liked her, now didn't you?
"In the High Valley" by Susan Coolidge
Is this not nice, my dear Miss Ross, and is not Cyril a darling for thinking of everything so nicely?
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Oh, it is not a nice word, and flirts are not nice people, as we settled only yesterday.
"Daisy's Aunt" by E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
Not that I or any other nice woman can tell precisely what a Pale is.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
Fill it with mince, pinch the edges, and fry them of a nice brown.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
After which I shall not mind confessing that that last nice bit is a quotation from my first novel.
"Cleo The Magnificent" by Louis Zangwill
I wish she didn't think so much of the office and would get a nice young man.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
If only he would allow himself to be taught that nice things are nice!
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
Nice hats, nice ties, nice coats.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
I've enjoyed everything so much ... a nice play and a nice supper.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
Not very pleasant, when they are to be set alongside of things as new and nice as they can be.
"What She Could" by Susan Warner
You are very nice, very nice indeed, and you are rich, you know.
"Daddy's Girl" by L. T. Meade
Is it possible you can have harmed that nice girl!
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
She wanted to be tall, and she wanted to have nice long hair.
"The Making of Mona" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
The train of thought he had been following was very nice, and sounded very attractive indeed, he told himself.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
It's nice for him to come here and it's nice for us to have him.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
Polly found a very nice child to play with.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
And after dinner it would be nice to lie down again, until it was time to go to the village inn.
"Absolution" by Clara Viebig
Of course I know how nice it would be to swim and dance and play tennis and all sorts of things, but I must work!
"Happy House" by Jane D. Abbott
In four to six weeks more, or sooner, if need be, break up and wash the meat nicely, preparatory to smoking it.
"Home Pork Making" by A. W. Fulton
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In poetry:

I was really not quite certain,
But it sounded very nice;
It was all that we could think of,
Besides a book said "sugar and spice."
"Grown- Up Talk" by Katherine Mansfield
Jim had hair on his chest like samson,
In the winter, the birds on the wing,
Used to build a nice nest in the hairs on his chest,
And fly out again in the spring.
"A Tale Of The Rockies" by Billy Bennett
You, my love, too nicely coy,
Lest I should have gain'd the treasure,
Made my vows and oaths destroy
The pleasing hopes I did enjoy
Of all my future peace and pleasure.
"Songs Set To Music: 8. Set" by Matthew Prior
The ould woman smiled and said 'Ee, it's an angel,
Well I am surprised to see thee,
I've not seen an angel before but thou'rt welcome,
I'll make thee a nice cup o' tea.'
"Yorkshire Pudden" by Weston and Lee
Then aw bowt her some parkin an spice,
An owt else 'at shoo fancied lukt nice,
Then we tuk a short walk,
An we had a long tawk;
Then aw axt if shoo thowt we should splice.
"Horton Tide" by John Hartley
There are wars that are nice;
There are wars that are not.
And 'tis seeking with vice
That the nations should plot
World war when my land is unready.
I refuse to consider such rot.
"The Criminal War" by C J Dennis

In news:

Just make sure you're on the "nice" list.
That's nice, but it's getting harder to find hardware that can actually allow you to get nostalgic.
He's a very, sweet, nice guy I was just sampling the atmosphere and seeing what was out there.
"Make sure that pillows are nice and plush," says Garcia.
In past years, the unimposing Raiders would have represented a nice start for such a stretch.
Is your home naughty or nice.
I have seen waxwings many times but have never been able to take a nice photo of them before this.
The crusts add a nice chewiness, but if you prefer, you may cut them off.
Enlarge AP Photo/Paul BattagliaCraig Gentry will get a chance to win the center field job after doing a nice job when he was called up in May.
FGCU President Bradshaw traded nice view for bigger vision.
Woodcock hunting a nice change of pace.
It's always nice to get a Homecoming win, and the Aledo Bearcats did just that Friday, while padding its District 7-4A lead after thumping O.D.
They had a nice talk.
Ilene discusses water witching and a nice Chardonnay.
P erhaps the subtlest member of the onion family, chives possess a relatively mild flavor that is a nice addition to salads, edible lavender blossoms and all.
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In science:

Smale, Complexity of Bezout’s theorem II: Volumes and probabilities, in: Computational Algebraic Geometry (Nice, 1992), Progr.
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
Both features are nicely reproduced by the critical Random Matrix Model.
Chiral Random Matrix Model for Critical Statistics
It is seen that the predictions of the scaling theory are nicely confirmed.
A periodic elastic medium in which periodicity is relevant
Recently, several authors have considered the case of general k when T has some nice algebraic properties.
Avoiding maximal parabolic subgroups of S_k
It should be nice if our candidates for differential forms had some duality with this space of operators.
It is the ambiguity. (But only three generations)
This was due both to the dominant role of the normal distribution in probability theory as well as to the nice analytic results which were obtained.
Phase transitions and random matrices
It would be nice for example to find other infinite families of localizations among groups of Lie type and to determine if they are connected to the alternating groups.
Finite simple groups and localization
D plot has a very nice maximum (see Fig. 13).
Exact solutions to chaotic and stochastic systems
There is a nice “practical” interpretation of X (G).
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
This function encodes the original random walk in a nice way.
Fast graphs for the random walker
Smale, Complexity of Bezout’s theorem II: Volumes and probabilities, in: Computational algebraic geometry (Nice, 1992), Progr.
SU(1,1) Random Polynomials
Some curves M (t) are plotted in Fig.4, which appear to have also a nice power-law behavior, and the slopes are then used to estimate the index c1 = β/ν z (for results see Table 3).
Critical dynamics and universality of the random-bond Potts ferromagnet with tri-distributed quenched disorders
The two types can be nicely described in terms of the geometrical properties of the foliations formed by the components of the regular fibres.
Harmonic morphisms with one-dimensional fibres on Einstein manifolds
Recent experiments have nicely confirmed these predictions.
Helium nanodroplets and trapped Bose-Einstein condensates as prototypes of finite quantum fluids
Indeed, for asymptotic flatness, say, towards future null infinity I + , S 2 tends to a ”nice” cut of I + , a round two-sphere.
A Conserved Bach Current
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