neuter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj neuter of grammatical gender "`it' is the third-person singular neuter pronoun"
    • adj neuter having no or imperfectly developed or nonfunctional sex organs
    • v neuter remove the ovaries of "Is your cat spayed?"
    • n neuter a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to inanimate objects (neither masculine nor feminine)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Neuter (Gram) A noun of the neuter gender; any one of those words which have the terminations usually found in neuter words.
    • Neuter A person who takes no part in a contest; one who is either indifferent to a cause or forbears to interfere; a neutral. "The world's no neuter ; it will wound or save."
    • Neuter (Gram) An intransitive verb.
    • Neuter (Biol) An organism, either vegetable or animal, which at its maturity has no generative organs, or but imperfectly developed ones, as a plant without stamens or pistils, as the garden Hydrangea; esp., one of the imperfectly developed females of certain social insects, as of the ant and the common honeybee, which perform the labors of the community, and are called workers.
    • Neuter (Gram) Having a form belonging more especially to words which are not appellations of males or females; expressing or designating that which is of neither sex; as, a neuter noun; a neuter termination; the neuter gender.
    • Neuter (Biol) Having no generative organs, or imperfectly developed ones; sexless. See Neuter n., 3.
    • Neuter (Gram) Intransitive; as, a neuter verb.
    • Neuter Neither the one thing nor the other; on neither side; impartial; neutral. "In all our undertakings God will be either our friend or our enemy; for Providence never stands neuter ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • neuter Neither the one thing nor the other; not adhering to either party; taking no part with either side, as in a contention or discussion; neutral.
    • neuter In gram.:
    • neuter Of neither gender; neither masculine nor feminine: used when words are grammatically or formally distinguished as masculine, feminine, and neuter—a distinction made in English only in the pronouns he, she, it.
    • neuter Neither active nor passive; intransitive. Abbreviated n. and neuter
    • neuter In botany, same as neutral.
    • neuter In zoology, having no fully developed sex: as, neuter bees.
    • n neuter A neutral.
    • n neuter An animal of neither sex, and incapable of propagation; one of the imperfectly developed females of certain social insects, as ants and bees, which perform all the labors of the community; a worker. See cuts under bee, Atta, and Termes.
    • n neuter In botany, a plant which has neither stamens nor pistils. See cut under neutral.
    • n neuter In grammar, a noun of the neuter gender. Abbreviated n. and neuter
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Neuter nū′tėr neither: taking no part with either side: : :
    • n Neuter one taking no part in a contest: :
    • adj Neuter nū′tėr (gram.) neither masculine nor feminine: neither active nor passive
    • adj Neuter nū′tėr (bot.) without stamens or pistils
    • adj Neuter nū′tėr (zool.) without sex
    • n Neuter (bot.) a plant having neither stamens nor pistils
    • n Neuter (zool.) a sexless animal, esp. the working bee
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. ne, not + uter, whether; akin to E. whether,. See No, and Whether, and cf. Neither

Usage

In literature:

Not a man would remain neuter.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. I" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
There were in the Bororo language three genders, masculine, feminine and neuter.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Those referring to things without sex are in the NEUTER GENDER.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
And (c) the old neuter {wa-}stems (cp.
"A Middle High German Primer" by Joseph Wright
Spado: the worker or neuter in bees and ants.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Ushas, dawn, again in the later Sanskrit is neuter.
"Chips From A German Workshop - Volume I" by Friedrich Max Müller
There are male, female, and neuter or working ants.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
The politique neuter; 11.
"Microcosmography" by John Earle
ADVERSE CASE OF NEUTER INSECTS.
"Are the Effects of Use and Disuse Inherited?" by William Platt Ball
I E neuter base ku what; Dak ta-ku what rel.
"The Dakotan Languages, and Their Relations to Other Languages" by Andrew Woods Williamson
Reflected neuters 308 443.
"A Handbook of the English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
It is the policy of the United Provinces of Holland to be neuter to every attention.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX" by Various
In this case neuter is correct.
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
Masculine, feminine or neuter, I said.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
The work of the hive is done by the neuters.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
Since the word for 'spirit' is neuter in Greek and masculine in Latin, this last is rather a surprise.
"Five Stages of Greek Religion" by Gilbert Murray
She was, though worthy, neuter beyond a doubt.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Account for the neuter; cf.
"Aus meinem Königreich" by Carmen Sylva
The counter display flashed on and then was replaced by a handsome neuter face.
"Tangle Hold" by F. L. Wallace
Mr. Huish insists that the common bee is a decided neuter.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 94, August, 1865" by Various
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In news:

ID#A602075 I am an neutered male, cream tabby Domestic Shorthair.
View full size Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic in Irondale could be forced to shut down if the state vet board passes a new set of anti-competition rules.
Found male un neutered Beagle in Silver Lake near Stow border.
He's neutered and current on vaccinations.
He's 5 years old, un-neutered.
Robinson's Rescue is at it again and this time, they're offering to spay or neuter your BLACK Cat for just $15 on Wednesday, October 31.
They offer low cost spay and neutering services to help control the animal population in the SBC.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi issued decrees Thursday giving himself broad powers and effectively neutering the judiciary.
Buster is neutered, microchipped and current on all vaccinations.
Calico Jack is an 8 year old neutered male miniature pincher mix.
Volunteers care for some 200 cats at this site, and also help vaccinate and neuter cats from other feline colonies in the city — 27,000 over the past decade.
West Columbia city council members are discussing a trap, neuter and release program for feral cats .
Lost Saturday May 28, male, Charcoal lab, neutered, blue collar, his name is KODA, 91 lbs, friendly, lost near WALES rd, and Stuart St Please call/email with ANY details.
However, I would like to point out that the neutering of Meatball will not endanger the population of.
Pets need to be spayed/neutered (if they are not, they will help you get it done).
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In science:

G Gender: masculine, neuter, common gender (“UTR” in the tagset). N Number: singular, plural. D Definiteness: definite, indefinite. C Case: nominative, genitive.
Tagset Design and Inflected Languages
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