• WordNet 3.6
    • adj nonsense having no intelligible meaning "nonsense syllables","a nonsensical jumble of words"
    • n nonsense ornamental objects of no great value
    • n nonsense a message that seems to convey no meaning
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nonsense That which is not sense, or has no sense; words, or language, which have no meaning, or which convey no intelligible ideas; absurdity.
    • Nonsense Trifles; things of no importance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nonsense Not sense; that which makes no sense or is lacking in sense; language or words without meaning, or conveying absurd or ridiculous ideas; absurd talk or senseless actions.
    • n nonsense Trifles; things of no importance.
    • n nonsense Synonyms Folly, stuff, twaddle, balderdash.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nonsense non′sens that which has no sense: language without meaning: absurdity: trifles
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  • Northrop Frye
    “The pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense than the pursuit of truth or goodness, because it affords a stronger temptation to the ego.”
  • Hans Richter
    Hans Richter
    “Your damned nonsense can I stand twice or once, but sometimes always, by God, never.”
  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “American freedom consists largely in talking nonsense.”
  • Charles Lamb
    “'Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.”
  • Edmond and Jules De Goncourt
    “That which, perhaps, hears more nonsense than anything in the world, is a picture in a museum.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. non-, + sense,: cf. F. nonsens,


In literature:

And then all that nonsense about raps!
"Austin and His Friends" by Frederic H. Balfour
Quite nice people were taking up this nonsense.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
How could you believe all the nonsense I spoke?
"Prince Fortunatus" by William Black
When the nonsense words were used it was found that far fewer indirect associations occurred than with nonsense syllables.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
You really must not have her down so much, if these boys think they may talk nonsense to her.
"Bluebell" by Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
He has been crammed with nonsense by that idle knave at the Four Alls.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
Well, call it nonsense, if you like.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
But what nonsense they often talk.
"Dangerous Ages" by Rose Macaulay
Our good times will all be spoiled if people begin to imagine such nonsense about us.
"Miss Dexie" by Stanford Eveleth
It was bally nonsense.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath

In poetry:

From early morning-nonsense
With tubs and troughs and strain,
With dampness in the evening
And sunsets in the rain.
"False Alarm" by Boris Pasternak
A boy, if he would push his way,
Must learn some nonsense every day;
And cut, to carry out this view,
His wisdom teeth and wisdom too.
"My Dream" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The water ran doon frae the heich hope-heid,
Wi' a Rin, burnie, rin;
It wimpled, an' waggled, an' sang a screed
O' nonsense, an' wadna blin
Wi' its Rin, burnie, rin.
"The Burnie" by George MacDonald
AY, 'twas here, on this spot,
In that summer of yore,
Atalanta did not
Vote my presence a bore,
Nor reply to my tenderest talk "She had
heard all that nonsense before."
"Atalanta In Camden -Town" by Lewis Carroll
In which we read this nonsense and are moved
At all that was always lost for good, in which
We think about sex obsessively except
During the act, when our minds tend to wander.
"Reading Pornography in Old Age" by Howard Nemerov
But that is the young folks' nonsense; they're full of their
foolish stuff;
A man's in his prime at forty,--I see that plain enough;
At fifty a man is wrinkled, and may be bald or gray;
I call men old at fifty, in spite of all they say.
"At A Meeting Of Friends" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

'Tha Carter III': Lil Wayne As Nonsensical Genius.
CULTURE- Splitsville: Akron/Family's ' nonsensical ' blending.
The Positive/ Normative Distinction In Economics Is Nonsense But It Doesn't Really Matter.
The Old Faithful of Nonsense.
But, title aside, the playwright's script is fine nonsense.
The nonsensical verdict in the Apple vs Samsung case shows that the patent process has become a competitive weapon, which was not the original idea at all.
With its poor graphics and frustrating, almost nonsensical, gameplay, E.T.
How's this for a nonsensical regulatory position.
Stop ' preposterous ' nonsense.
Indian Wells prize money the latest in long line of tennis nonsense.
This assault on the public's rights is 'nonsensical,' like the court said.
A Checklist of Nonsense Put Forward By The Pundit Class.
Sense and Nonsense By Lynda Hollenbeck.
It is possible to show that the recent paper by Seralini et al on the effects of GM corn on the cancer rates in rats is quite simply nonsense.
Three more tracks just leaked off the Timbaland album, and maybe it's time to ask: what's the story with this off-brand nonsense.

In science:

Also, it must be said that the publication of completely wrong papers containing a potpourri of nonsense Mathematics (and also Physics) is becoming more and more routine in ‘scientific’ journals, books and, of course, also in the arXiv.
A Comment on "On Some Contradictory Computations in Multi-dimensional Mathematics"
Therefore, the conclusion of ”inconsistency” in [R] is nonsense.
Remarks related to the paper of Rafael de la Madrid: "On the inconsistency of the Bohm-Gadella theory with quantum mechanics", JPhysA 39, No. 29, 9255-9268 (2006)
Relying on the common statistical practice of fitting curves to data can result in an inadequate model or even nonsense results.
A Review of Accelerated Test Models
An empirical model may provide an excellent fit to the available data, but provide nonsense extrapolations (e.g., the quadratic models used in Meeker and Escobar, 1998, Section 17.5).
A Review of Accelerated Test Models
Extrapolation beyond the saddle point resulted in nonsensical predictions that lower temperature and current would lead to shorter life (in effect, the extrapolation was using a quadratic model).
A Review of Accelerated Test Models