nut

Definitions

  • A squirrel holding a partially eaten nut
    A squirrel holding a partially eaten nut
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v nut gather nuts
    • n nut a small (usually square or hexagonal) metal block with internal screw thread to be fitted onto a bolt
    • n nut one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens "she kicked him in the balls and got away"
    • n Nut Egyptian goddess of the sky
    • n nut someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction "a golf addict","a car nut","a bodybuilding freak","a news junkie"
    • n nut a whimsically eccentric person
    • n nut usually large hard-shelled seed
    • n nut half the width of an em
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Two girls feed nuts to a squirrel Two girls feed nuts to a squirrel
I Had a Litttle Nut-Tree music I Had a Litttle Nut-Tree music
I HAD A LITTLE NUT-TREE I HAD A LITTLE NUT-TREE
berries and nuts berries and nuts
and nuts and nuts
Hazel nuts Hazel nuts
Nut Nut
I amused myself by dropping gingerbread nuts over the seat I amused myself by dropping gingerbread nuts over the seat

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fried spiders taste like nuts
    • Nut A perforated block (usually a small piece of metal), provided with an internal or female screw thread, used on a bolt, or screw, for tightening or holding something, or for transmitting motion. See Illust. of 1st Bolt.
    • Nut (Naut) A projection on each side of the shank of an anchor, to secure the stock in place.
    • Nut Testicles.
    • Nut (Bot) The fruit of certain trees and shrubs (as of the almond, walnut, hickory, beech, filbert, etc.), consisting of a hard and indehiscent shell inclosing a kernel.
    • Nut The tumbler of a gunlock.
    • v. i Nut To gather nuts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The peanut is not a nut, it is actually a legume
    • n nut The fruit of certain trees and shrubs which have the seed inclosed in a bony, woody, or leathery covering, not opening when ripe. Specifically, a hard one-celled and one-seeded indehiscent fruit, like an achenium, but larger and usually produced from an ovary of two or more cells with one or more ovules in each, all but a single ovule and cell having disappeared during its growth. The nuts of tho hazel, beech, oak, and chestnut are examples. In the walnut (Juglans) and hickory (Carya) the fruit is a kind of drupaceous nut, seemingly intermediate between a stone-fruit and a nut.
    • n nut In machinery, some small part supposed in some way to resemble a nut. Specifically— A small cylinder or other body with teeth or projections corresponding with the teeth or grooves of a wheel.
    • n nut Same as chestnut-coal.
    • n nut plural Something especially agreeable or enjoyable.
    • n nut plural The testicles.
    • n nut A cup made of the shell of a cocoanut or some other nut, often mounted in silver.
    • n nut A bulbous plant, Iris Sisyrinchium, of southern Europe.
    • nut To gather nuts: used especially in the present participle.
    • n nut Loosely, a similar vegetable product, as a tuberous root (earth-nut, ground-nut), leguminous pod (peanut), or seed(physic-nut).
    • n nut In general, the lower end or heel of the bow: opposed to point or head.
    • n nut In Australia:
    • n nut See the extract.
    • n nut A daredevil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way round.
    • n Nut nut the name popularly given to all those fruits which have the seed enclosed in a bony, woody, or leathery pericarp, not opening when ripe:
    • v.i Nut to gather nuts:—pr.p. nut′ting; pa.p. nut′ted
    • n Nut nut (bot.) a one-celled fruit, with a hardened pericarp, containing, when mature, only one seed: often the hazel-nut, sometimes the walnut: a small block of metal for screwing on the end of a bolt
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Quotations

  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.”
  • Thomas J. Peters
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    “If your company has a clean-desk policy, the company is nuts and you're nuts to stay there.”
  • Darryl Somers
    Darryl Somers
    “It takes 50000 nuts to put a car together, but only one to scatter them all over the road.”
  • Bill Murray
    Bill Murray
    “I'm a nut, but not just a nut.”
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon
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    “Must is a hard nut to crack, but it has a sweet kernel.”
  • Sri Ramakrishna
    Sri Ramakrishna
    “Dislodging a green nut from it's shell is almost impossible, but let it dry and the lightest tap will do it.”

Idioms

Crack a nut with a sledgehammer - If you use a sledgehammer to crack a nut, you apply too much force to achieve a result. ('Jackhammer' is also used.)
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Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while - This expression means that even if people are ineffective or misguided, sometimes they can still be correct just by being lucky.
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From soup to nuts - If you do something from soup to nuts, you do it from the beginning right to the very end.
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Go nuts - If someone goes nuts, they get excited over something.
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Nuts and bolts - The nuts and bolts are the most essential components of something.
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Tough nut to crack - If something is a tough nut to crack, it is difficult to find the answer or solution. When used about a person, it means that it is difficult to get them to do or allow what you want. 'Hard nut to crack' is an alternative.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. nute, note, AS. hnutu,; akin to D. noot, G. nuss, OHG. nuz, Icel. hnot, Sw. nöt, Dan. nöd,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hnutu; Ice. hnot, Dut. noot, Ger. nuss.

Usage

In literature:

The Secretary's office has a number of calls for information regarding sources of nuts and nut kernels for private consumption or planting.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
In front of us was a low ridge covered with loose rocks and straggling trees of the nut-pine.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
In Figure 100 is a key drawn with a shade line, while in Figure 101 the shade line is shown applied to a nut.
"Mechanical Drawing Self-Taught" by Joshua Rose
The first part of it will be a nutting-party.
"Marjorie's Busy Days" by Carolyn Wells
Mr. Harris: Speaking of variations of nuts I think it is well known that there is quite a variation in the nuts of the oak.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
But being called nuts, Mr. Malone, can never hurt me.
"That Sweet Little Old Lady" by Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
Oh, I'm very fond of pine-nuts.
"Shadows of Shasta" by Joaquin Miller
Any other nuts can be used.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
The nuts were small, poor pig-nuts, and I thought of all the gnawing he would have to do to get at the scanty meat they held.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
Some 18 or 20 years ago all, or nearly all, of the nuts dropped in June.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Fourth Annual Meeting" by Various
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In poetry:

A rough old nut, A tough old nut
Of a skipper:
But the right stuff, Sure enough,
For a racing clipper.
"Skipper" by Cicely Fox Smith
N was a Nut that grew
High up upon a tree;
Papa, who could not reach it,said,
'That's much too high for me!'
"Nonsense Alphabet" by Edward Lear
'Oh would I were home in Caucaland,
To hear my harpers play,
And to drink my last of the nut-brown ale,
While I gave the gold rings away.
"The Song of The Little Baltung: A.D. 395" by Charles Kingsley
"Begin, my flute, with me Maenalian lays.
Now, Mopsus, cut new torches, for they bring
Your bride along; now, bridegroom, scatter nuts:
Forsaking Oeta mounts the evening star!
"Eclogue 8: To Pollio Damon Alphesiboeus" by Publius Vergilius Maro
I am your dream, Sweet; so no more of dreaming,
Your lips to mine must end this chanted charm,
Your heart to mine, 'neath nut-brown tresses streaming,
I set my love a seal upon your arm.
"A Marriage Charm" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson
My eyes were open to the dark, I stood in silent fear,
And saw one move among them was gone from me a year,
Her nut-brown curls so fine and free, her slender shape I knew–
Christ keep us from such sorrow as filled her eyes of blue.
"Bereft" by Anna Johnston MacManus

In news:

Why do Danes have smaller nuts than Finns —are toxins to blame.
House OKs FISA , Libs Go Nuts.
My English teacher was a self-professed Shakespeare nut (well, I don't think he gave himself that title, but we as his students sure would've).
The problem is recipes that call for every nut and dried fruit.
For bellota ham, nuts aren't the half of it.
When it comes to the prized bellota ham from Spain, it is easy to understand why everyone talks about the nuts.
And one nut getting more attention these days is walnuts.
Customize the recipe by adding your own extras, like dried fruit, nuts, blueberries, or spices.
The nuts and bolts come apart.
Aircraft maintenance records must be documented scrupulously, and the pedigree of every nut, bolt and washer has to be recorded for possible FAA review.
Don't go nuts on cuts.
Toasted pine nuts – coarsely chopped 20 large uncooked shrimp How To: 1.
Risk factors include being overweight and postmenopausal—but as our writer found out for herself, being a skinny health nut is no protection either.
Led by Ed Farias's three-run homerun, Nuts and Honeys defeated the 808 Grinders 16-7.
A real collection of nut jobs today on the gump file.
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In science:

We solve the flow equations and obtain interpolating solutions describing extremal black holes in a Taub-NUT geometry in five dimensions.
First-order flow equations for extremal black holes in very special geometry
The solutions to the fourdimensional flow equations that we present describe single-center static dyonic extremal black holes in four dimensions, whose magnetic charge is the NUT charge.
First-order flow equations for extremal black holes in very special geometry
Extremal black holes in five dimensions can be related to extremal black holes in four dimensions by placing the five-dimensional black hole in a Taub-NUT geometry.
First-order flow equations for extremal black holes in very special geometry
The NUT charge is denoted by p0 and is positive.
First-order flow equations for extremal black holes in very special geometry
This “superpotential” then leads to first-order flow equations for extremal black holes in a Taub-NUT geometry in five dimensions.
First-order flow equations for extremal black holes in very special geometry
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