• We ain't no thin red 'eroes,
    We ain't no thin red 'eroes,
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj no quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns for indicating a complete or almost complete lack or zero quantity of "we have no bananas","no eggs left and no money to buy any","have you no decency?","did it with no help","I'll get you there in no time"
    • adv no used to express refusal or denial or disagreement etc or especially to emphasize a negative statement "no, you are wrong"
    • adv no not in any degree or manner; not at all "he is no better today"
    • adv no referring to the degree to which a certain quality is present "he was no heavier than a child"
    • n no a negative "his no was loud and clear"
    • n No a radioactive transuranic element synthesized by bombarding curium with carbon ions; 7 isotopes are known
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"No thoroughfare." Pictograph "No thoroughfare." Pictograph
Negation. No. Pai-Ute Negation. No. Pai-Ute
No, I've nothing for you No, I've nothing for you
Tain't no use tellin' me you've broke down Tain't no use tellin' me you've broke down
No. 48, Doughty Street, Mecklenburgh Square. Dickens's Residence 1837-9 No. 48, Doughty Street, Mecklenburgh Square. Dickens's Residence 1837-9
No. 1, Devonshire Terrace, Regent's Park.—Dickens's Residence 1839-50 No. 1, Devonshire Terrace, Regent's Park.—Dickens's Residence 1839-50
Still Life, No. 1 Still Life, No. 1

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No two spider webs are the same.
    • No A negative vote; one who votes in the negative; as, to call for the ayes and noes; the noes have it.
    • No A refusal by use of the word no; a denial.
    • adv No Nay; not; not at all; not in any respect or degree; -- a word expressing negation, denial, or refusal. Before or after another negative, no is emphatic. "We do no otherwise than we are willed.""I am perplx'd and doubtful whether or no I dare accept this your congratulation.""There is none righteous, no , not one.""No ! Nay, Heaven forbid."
    • a No Not any; not one; none; as, yes, we have no bananas; -- often used as a quantifier.☞ In Old England before a vowel the form non or noon was used. “No man.” “Noon apothercary.” "Let there be no strife . . . between me and thee.""That goodness is no name, and happiness no dream."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: No-one has ever died from smoking cannabis
    • no Not ever; never; not at all; not.
    • no Not so; nay; not: with implied, but not expressed, repetition of a preceding (or succeeding) statement denied or question answered in the negative, with change of person if necessary. This is practically equivalent to a complete sentence with its affirmation denied: as, “Was he here yesterday?” “No”—that is, “he was not here yesterday.” It is therefore the negative categorematic particle, equivalent to nay, and opposed to yes or yea, the affirmative categorematic particles. The fine distinction alleged to have formerly existed between no and nay, according to which no answered questions negatively framed, as, “Will he not come? No,” while nay answered those not including a negative, as, “Will he come? Nay,” is hardly borne out hy the records. No and nay are ultimately identical in origin, and their differences of use (nay being restricted in use and no now largely superseded by not) are accidental.
    • no In answer to a request (expressed or anticipated): in this use often repeated for emphasis: as, no, no, do not ask me.
    • no Used parenthetically in iteration of another negative.
    • no Used continuatively, in iteration and amplification of a previous negative, expressed or understood.
    • no Not: used after or, at the end of a sentence or clause, as the representative of an independent negative sentence or clause, the first clause being often introduced by whether or if: as, he is uncertain whether to accept it or no; he may take it or no, as he pleases.
    • no See no. adverb
    • n no A denial; the word of denial.
    • n no A negative vote, or a person who votes in the negative: as, the noes have it.
    • no Nor.
    • no Not any; not one; none.
    • no No is used, like not in similar constructions, with a word of depreciation or diminution, to denote a certain degree of excellence, small or great according to circumstances.
    • no Not in any degree; not at all; in no respect; not: used with a comparative: as, no longer: no shorter; no more; wo less.
    • no An abbreviation of the Latin numero, ablative of numerus, number: used for English number, and so as a plural Nos.: as, No. 2, and Nos, 9 and 10.
    • n no In Japan, a sort of dignified operatic performance consisting of music and dancing, with recitation. The carved masks worn by the performers indicate the characters portrayed.
    • n no An abbreviation
    • n no of northern
    • n no In chem., the symbol for noriurn.
    • no An abbreviation of not otherwise provided for.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are no turkeys in Turkey.
    • adv No the word of refusal or denial: not at all: never: not so: not
    • n No a denial: a vote against or in the negative:—pl. Noes (nōz)
    • adj No not any: not one: none
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  • Walter Savage Landor
    “Absence and death are the same -- only that in death there is no suffering.”
  • Bruce Lee
    “Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.”
  • Anthony Robbins
    “There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.”
  • No Fear Company
    No Fear Company
    “No Fear.”
  • Henry Ford
    “There is no such thing as no chance.”
  • Susan Sontag
    “Taste has no system and no proofs.”


A chain is no stronger than its weakest link - This means that processes, organisations, etc, are vulnerable because the weakest person or part can always damage or break them.
A rolling stone gathers no moss - People say this to mean that an ambitious person is more successful than a person not trying to achieve anything. Originally it meant the opposite and was critical of people trying to get ahead.
All bark and no bite - When someone talks tough but really isn't, they are all bark and no bite.
All hat, no cattle - (USA) When someone talks big, but cannot back it up, they are all hat, no cattle.('Big hat, no cattle' is also used.)
All talk and no trousers - (UK) Someone who is all talk and no trousers, talks about doing big, important things, but doesn't take any action.
Black will take no other hue - Evil can take many disguises but it is always black (evil).
Close but no cigar - (USA) If you are close but no cigar, you are close to success or the truth, but have not got there.
Cuts no ice - If something cuts no ice, it doesn't have any effect or influence.
Fine words butter no parsnips - This idiom means that it's easy to talk, but talk is not action.
Fur coat and no knickers - Someone with airs and graces, but no real class is fur coat and no knickers.
Half a loaf is better than no bread - It means that getting part of what you want is better than getting nothing at all.
Have no truck with - If you have no truck with something or someone, you refuse to get involved with it or them.
In no uncertain terms - Clearly; precisely; emphatically without doubt.
It's an ill wind that blows no good - This is said when things have gone wrong; the idea being that when bad things happen, there can also be some positive results.
It's no use crying over spilt milk - This idiom means that getting upset after something has gone wrong is pointless; it can't be changed so it should be accepted.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. no, na, AS. ,; ne, not + ā, ever. AS. ne, is akin to OHG. ni, Goth. ni, Russ. ne, Ir., Gael. & W. ni, L. ne, Gr. nhin comp.), Skr. na, and also to E. prefix un-,. √ 193. See Aye, and cf. Nay Not Nice Nefarious


In literature:

There was no gleaming of little white teeth, no biting, no clawing, any longer!
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
No, gentlemen; the South demands no such thing.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
There were no cut trees, no blazed trails, no sign of a habitation.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
No, we have had no words about it.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
Is there no hope, no hand to help, no one to whom they may turn in this hour of dread ordeal?
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
No, no; there could be no doubt about it.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
They've no use for more, and no excuse for displacing any of them.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
No backing and filling, no jockeying for position, no elaborate setting of the stage.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
There was no belief in her religion, no faith, no creed, no mystical transports, but only fear, and shame, and contrition.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
He no longer "carried sail," as the wind was no longer in his favour.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

"O no, O no, my noble queen!
Think no such thing to be!
'Twas but a stitch into my side,
And sair it troubles me."
"The Queen's Marie" by Andrew Lang
No water broke, no pinion whirred-
There went no warning call.
The steely, sheltering rushes stirred
A little—that was all.
"The Flight" by Rudyard Kipling
"Farewell?" No, not farewell, I'll worship ever
Thy form divine.
No death's despair, no voice of doom shall sever
My heart from thine.
"Mystery Of Carmel" by Madge Morris Wagner
No hope is thine of sunnier hours,
Thy Winter shall no more depart;
No Spring revive thy wasted flowers,
Nor Summer warm thy frozen heart.
"Autumn Thoughts" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But she saw no white steed first in the ranks,
No rider that spurr'd before;
But the evening shadows were closing fast,
And she could see no more.
"The Troubadour. Canto 1" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Toll no bell and say no prayer,
Let no rose die on my bier.
All I hoped for shall appear
Or be well forgotten, there.
(Like the waves of yesteryear.)
"A Death Song" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

There are still no charges, no arrests and no named suspects.
Tyler Griffey's first-half stat line was all but empty - no points, no assists, no rebounds and little to show he'd been on the court as Illinois struggled to get a handle on underdog Gardner -Webb on Sunday.
No title, no position, no authority.
Nebraska's Stanley Jean-Baptiste, No 16, intercepts a pass over Michigan's Devin Gardner, No 12, with the support of Nebraska's Daimion Stafford, No.
No weights, no dues, attendance not mandatory, essentially no boundaries at all.
There is no nationwide organization, no centralized leadership, no determined "leader" and no Tea Party candidates.
So when the Jacksonville Jaguars running back ended his 38-day holdout Sunday -- without a new contract -- he had no apologies, no regrets and no concerns about his standing with the franchise.
Keep in mind, there are no edits, no scripts, no producers and no acting.
No light show, no smoke, and no mirrors.
"There are no controlled buys, no video surveillance, no GPS, they don't even have drugs," Cotton said.
Inside Turkey's Kurdish insurgency : No sex, no swearing, no Quran.
God's judgement requires no votes, no 'singing for your life,' no condemnation.
No foot dragging, no procrastination, no excuses.
No Hormones, No Latex , No Babies.
We had no public shelter, no public water supply (established well over a week after the incident), no fuel, no electricity.

In science:

Non-singlet SO(5) states have no analogue in QCD since there is no SO(5) global symmetry in pure QCD.
Large N field theories from superstrings
Massless vectors have no reason to exist since there is no translation symmetry of the compactification space.
Bosonic M Theory
It is interesting to note that there is no classical matrix theory solution corresponding to a string which is truly one-dimensional and has no local membrane charge.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Unfortunately for random graphs, we have no equivalent length and no simple phenomenological interpretation for θ.
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
In Fig. 3.a), instead, Θ is uniform, there is no preference in the reconnection process, and no local structures are formed.
Complex structures in generalized small worlds