Nor

Definitions

  • Neither Beast nor Bird
    Neither Beast nor Bird
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • conj Nor nôr A negative connective or particle, introducing the second member or clause of a negative proposition, following neither, or not, in the first member or clause (as or in affirmative propositions follows either). Nor is also used sometimes in the first member for neither, and sometimes the neither is omitted and implied by the use of nor. "Provide neither gold nor silver, nor brass, in your purses, nor scrip for your journey.""Where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt.""I love him not, nor fear him.""Where neither party is nor true, nor kind.""Simois nor Xanthus shall be wanting there."
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EXCUSE ME, GUV'NOR, BUT WHEN YOU'VE FINISHED EXCUSE ME, GUV'NOR, BUT WHEN YOU'VE FINISHED

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Neither Fruit Flies nor May Flies are flies.
    • nor And not: generally used correlatively after a negative, introducing a second or a subsequent negative member of a clause or sentence. Correlative to neither.
    • nor Correlative to another nor.
    • nor With the omission of neither or nor in the first clause or part of the proposition.
    • nor Correlative to some other negative.
    • nor And … not: not correlative, but merely continuative.
    • nor [In this use formerly used with another negative, merely cumulative, nor being then equivalent, logically, to and.
    • nor Than: after comparatives. Compare or in like use.
    • nor An abbreviation of Norman.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No woman may have sex with a man while riding in an ambulance within the boundaries of Tremonton, Utah. If caught, the woman can be charged with a sexual misdemeanor and "her name is to be published in the local newspaper." The man isn't charged nor is his name revealed.
    • conj Nor nor a particle introducing the second part of a negative proposition—correlative to neither.
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Quotations

  • John Petit-Senn
    John Petit-Senn
    “Let us believe neither half of the good people tell us of ourselves, nor half the evil they say of others.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.”
  • Welsh Proverb
    Welsh Proverb
    “A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
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    “A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.”
  • Anatole France
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    “That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.”
  • Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza
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    “Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.”

Idioms

Head nor tail - If you can't make head nor tail of something, you cannot understand it at all or make any sense of it.
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Hide nor hair - When there's no trace of something or a person, you haven't seen hide nor hair of it or them.('Neither hide nor hair' is also used.)
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Neither fish nor fowl - Something or someone that is neither fish nor fowl doesn't really fit into any one group.
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Neither here nor there - If something is neither here nor there, it is of very little importance.
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Neither use nor ornament - Something that serves no purpose and is not aesthetically pleasing is neither use nor ornament.
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Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink - This is from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and is used to suggest that despite being surrounded by something, you cannot benefit from it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. nor, contr. from nother,. See Neither
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Contr. of nother=neither.

Usage

In literature:

Nor did he live alone.
"Gaspar the Gaucho" by Mayne Reid
Neither his person, nor his politics, nor his absence of culture, found favour in Richard Calmady's sight.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
But neither rewards, nor flatteries, nor applause had power over the mind of St. Cyran, as he was now called.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Yur like an oald kneyfe, I can mak' nowt o' ya', nowder back nor edge.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Nothing in their lives can be changed, nor mended, nor forgotten.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
He does not regard the sky, nor the sea, nor the sails.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
I vow," the little old lady turned to me, "he took no thought of his health nor his life nor limb.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
It was not a lion, nor a leopard, nor a hyena, nor yet a jackal.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
She neither cried, nor sighed, nor sobbed, nor became hysterical.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
I wanted to do so much for him; I wouldn't have asked him to tell me stories, nor nothing!
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
He had never no child, nor yet no wife, nor nothing at all, hadn't Muster Threepaway.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
There could be no hilarious splashing nor swimming, but the silent immersion was most refreshing.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
It may not be sublime, nor beautiful, nor amusing; but it will be full of meaning, and faithful in guidance.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
I never had a mother, nor a wife, nor a sister, nor a brother.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
He requires not sacrifices nor money nor anything of the kind.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
This reasoning is neither clear nor conclusive.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
There was neither noise nor confusion.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
I fear neither bear nor panther, nor any other quadruped.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
We are neither temptresses, nor terrors, nor monsters.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
And so infinite are his wisdom, his counsel and riches, that you will never be able to fathom nor exhaust them.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
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In poetry:

Nor children, relatives, nor friends,
Shall real blessings prove;
Nor all the earthly joys he sends,
If sent without his love.
"Psalm 127" by Isaac Watts
Our Friend, our Brother, and our Lord,
What may Thy service be?--
Nor name, nor form, nor ritual word,
But simply following Thee.
"Our Master" by John Greenleaf Whittier
“’Not spare unsated thought her food—­
No, not one rustle of the fold,
Nor scent of eastern sandal-wood,
Nor gleam of gold;
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
DARIA.
Love! a word to me unknown,
Sounds so strangely in my ears,
That my heart nor feels nor hears
Aught of it when it has flown.
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
"Better ye sing nor a burn i' the mune,
Nor a wave ower san' that flows,
Nor a win' wi' the glintin stars abune,
An' aneth the roses in rows;
"The Herd And The Mavis" by George MacDonald
You could not love nor hate, they tell us,
You had nor sense nor sting:
In God’s name, then, what plague befell us
To fight for such a thing?
"Adieux à Marie Stuart" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Nor for city Emergency Management Commissioner Joe Bruno, who has been repeatedly badgered to cough up specifics of what would happen if a hurricane were to hit New York.
"Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.".
Idaho State would neither confirm nor deny whether former Southern Utah University Coach Bill Evans will become the new Idaho State Coach.
NEWTON NEVER SAID IT, NOR GALILEO, NOR FREUD.
The building sits there unimproved with neither a plan nor a purpose for future development.
Count me among those neither outraged nor shocked by.
Libya's Goldilocks election: 'Neither Islamist, nor liberal'.
The joint can really mint money, and neither the market nor anybody else seems to value it for what it's really worth.
Nor had it occurred to me to be curious about Canadian politics and culture.
And the beasts of night will not forget their crimes, nor the others their roly-polyness.
Nor am I any good at a slew of other animal languages.
Nor'easter to likely graze or miss region.
The UA is no pleasure cruise nor scripted adventure that you can be prepared for.
Rough weather is ahead for the Outer Banks with a nor'easter weather system moving in.
In years of meticulous research, Mr Thomas found not a person — nor a document — that revealed Ike 's intentions.
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In science:

On the other hand, universal results of RMT do not depend on this choice, nor on other deformations of the random matrix model.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
It is not simply given by the Imry-Ma-like ground state domain size nor by the scale of the thermal excitations.
Ground states versus low-temperature equilibria in random field Ising chains
As we will discuss below, however, his data do not conflict with our data nor with our conclusions.
Reply to Comment on "Quantum Phase Transition of Randomly-Diluted Heisenberg Antiferromagnet on a Square Lattice"
Nor is such a reconciliation possible within classical physics.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
One also sees that the initial conditions codes do not require the volume to be a cube nor the axis lengths to be powers of 2.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
They are not required nor expected to be convergent.
Generalized heat kernel coefficients
Moreover, boundary conditions in this framework do not play any role either in the definition of the variation of energy nor in the definition of the symplectic structure of the theory.
The First Law of Isolated Horizons via Noether Theorem
In this interval neither BQM nor SQM predict symmetrical detection around the x-axis.
On the Experimental Incompatibility Between Standard and Bohmian Quantum Mechanics
Note that neither T nor ϑ are the components of the where ϑ = − 1 true stress tensor, discussed in the previous section.
The Stress Tensor in Quenched Random Systems
The FF’s of the shift-registers are D-FF’s implemented as cross-coupled nor-not gates.
Single Event Effects in the Pixel readout chip for BTeV
No such an asymmetry is expected for the DAC registers because the FF’s are D-FF’s implemented as cross-coupled nor-nor gates.
Single Event Effects in the Pixel readout chip for BTeV
If u and v are not comparable vertices, i.e. neither u ≤ v nor v ≤ u holds, although there is a canonical way to define the path [u; v ], this definition is not necessary in the present paper and hence omitted.
Random walks in random environment on trees and multiplicative chaos
V, with not necessarily independent nor identically distributed components.
Random walks in random environment on trees and multiplicative chaos
This class do not posses neither chiral invariance, nor particle-hole/ time reversal symmetry.
2d random Dirac fermions: large N approach
Then f on Z is neither of compact support, nor of bounded L2 or L1 norm.
Quantum Hidden Subgroup Problems: A Mathematical Perspective
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