nay

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv nay not this merely but also; not only so but "each of us is peculiar, nay, in a sense unique"
    • n nay a negative "the nays have it"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nay A negative vote; one who votes in the negative.
    • Nay Denial; refusal.
    • nay No; -- a negative answer to a question asked, or a request made, now superseded by no. Opposed to aye or yea. See also Yes. "And eke when I say “ye,” ne say not “ nay .”""I tell you nay ; but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.""And now do they thrust us out privily? nay , verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.""He that will not when he may,
      When he would he shall have nay ."
    • nay Not this merely, but also; not only so, but; -- used to mark the addition or substitution of a more explicit or more emphatic phrase.
    • v. t. & i Nay To refuse. "He is too great a niggard that will wern A man to light a candle at his lantern."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • nay No: an expression of negation or refusal.
    • nay Not only so, but; and not only (that which has just been mentioned), but also; indeed; in point of fact: as, the Lord is willing, nay, he desires, that all should repent.
    • nay to deny; refuse.
    • n nay A denial; refusal.
    • n nay A negative vote; hence, one who votes in the negative: as, the yeas and nays.
    • nay To say nay; refuse.
    • nay To refuse; deny.
    • n nay A native Egyptian transverse flute, usually with six holes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Nay no: not only so, but: yet more: in point of fact
    • n Nay a denial: a vote against
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Quotations

  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti
    Dante Gabriel Rossetti
    “Was it a friend or foe that spread these lies? Nay, who but infants question in such wise, 'twas one of my most intimate enemies.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “For all right judgment of any man or things it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Nature... She pardons no mistakes. Her yea is yea, and her nay, nay.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “Nay, Madam, when you are declaiming, declaim; and when you are calculating, calculate.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
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    “Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at the touch, nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.”
  • Francis Bacon
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    “Nay, number itself in armies importeth not much, where the people is of weak courage; for, as Virgil saith, It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep be.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. nei,; akin to E. no,. See No (adv.)

Usage

In literature:

Nay, nay; do but hear me, Nor stun me with the self-same thing forever!
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
Nay, verily; for when she is wed she is no more at all a woman, but only the half of a man, and is shorn of all her glory.
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt
Nay all that's Dear, in Danger to be lost.
"The City Bride (1696)" by Joseph Harris
Nay, worse than that.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Nay, brethren, I trust it is not so.
"Mistress Margery" by Emily Sarah Holt
Nay, nay, thou know'st, my lord, thou art my empire!
"Semiramis and Other Plays" by Olive Tilford Dargan
Nay, nay, Luke, hands off.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Nay, and are all mothers such as mine?
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
Nay, there was something like a scene.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
The yeas and nays were ordered.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
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In poetry:

Then bespake her father deare:
"My daughter, I saye naye;
Remember well the Kyng of Spayne,
What he sayd yesterdaye.
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British
'And how could you dream of meeting?'
Nay, how can you ask me, sweet?
All day my pulse had been beating
The tune of your coming feet.
"Telepathy" by James Russell Lowell
"Nay, Lad, they're done with joys and fears.
Rare comrades should we prove,
For they are very old with years
And I am old with love."
"The Silent One" by Theodosia Garrison
Nay, bid me not my cares to leave,
Who cannot from their shadow flee.
I do but win a short reprieve,
'Scaping to pleasure and to thee.
""Nay, Bid Me Not My Cares To Leave"" by William Watson
Nay, those the fallen who revile
Have ne'er before the living stood
And stoutly made their battle good
And greeted danger with a smile.
"To E.S. Salomon" by Ambrose Bierce
Nay; I'll sing "The Bridge of Lodi" -
That long-loved, romantic thing,
Though none show by smile or nod he
Guesses why and what I sing!
"The Bridge Of Lodi" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Police discovered sex toys, crystal methamphetamine and a man clad in a jock strap hiding in the bushes during a routine patrol of Nay Aug Park on Friday night.
Annual Nay Aug Light Show kicks off holiday season.
Nay to Obama 'cliff' offer.
Yea on Jets, nay on Bills.
Let's vote 'yea' or ' nay '.
The Gang of Six— nay , Eight.—is back.
Martha Jane Nay , 78, of Cortland, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, Sept 19, 2012, at St Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown.
Martha Jane Nay , 78, passed away on Wednesday, Sept 19, 2012, at St Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
For all of senior Mitch Nay 's accomplishments during his high school days, the one he remembers most fondly is a loss.
Nay is a third baseman at Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) who's committed to Arizona State.
Politics / Media Haslam Reviews: Metro Pulse Says Yea, Memphis Flyer Says Nay .
Update to Bug-O- Nay -Ge-Shig School Performance.
You Say ' Nay ,' I Say 'Neigh': Goats Have Accents.
Justin Bieber's velvet tuxedo at the 2011 AMAs: Yea or nay .
Choose "yay" or " nay " for the trends below, and feel free to comment as well.
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In science:

The potential term Un,m in Eq. (1) is given by the conduction-band edge energy at the point (nay , maz ).
Transport in random quantum dot superlattices
The latter comes from a recent father-daughter (nay daughter-father!) collaboration seeking a M agnetic Origin of Life, a sub ject which represents an ultimate synthesis of physics with biological chemistry through the complex terrain of geological science.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
For a general Lie group H there may be a “competition” between the exponential speed of decay for the distance between nax and nay on the one hand, and the exponential growth of the cocycle norm on the other.
Local Rigidity of Partially Hyperbolic Actions
Thus T1 = T2, yields an hidden pattern which is a fixed point. However all the nodes come to on state except the node R1, the caretakers don’t take nay effect to seek government support for the PWDs.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
As in [S], we reserve the notation f ! (as opposed to f (!)) for the twisted inverse image functor obtained in [AJL2] (cf. [Ibid, p. 2, Thm. 2 and beginning of §§ 1.3]) for pseudo-proper maps, and extended to composites of compactifiable maps in [Nay, p. 261, 7.1.3].
Applications of duality theory to cousin complexes
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