• WordNet 3.6
    • adj neutral having no net electric charge
    • adj neutral having no hue "neutral colors like black or white"
    • adj neutral lacking distinguishing quality or characteristics "a neutral personality that made no impression whatever"
    • adj neutral not supporting or favoring either side in a war, dispute, or contest
    • adj neutral having no personal preference "impersonal criticism","a neutral observer"
    • adj neutral possessing no distinctive quality or characteristics
    • adj neutral having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive "inert matter","an indifferent chemical in a reaction"
    • n neutral one who does not side with any party in a war or dispute
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Capsaicin, which makes hot peppers "hot" to the human mouth, is best neutralized by casein, the main protein found in milk.
    • n Neutral A person or a nation that takes no part in a contest between others; one who is neutral. "The neutral , as far as commerce extends, becomes a party in the war."
    • Neutral (Chem) Having neither acid nor basic properties; unable to turn red litmus blue or blue litmus red; -- said of certain salts or other compounds. Contrasted with acid, and alkaline.
    • Neutral Neither good nor bad; of medium quality; middling; not decided or pronounced. "Some things good, and some things ill, do seem,
      And neutral some, in her fantastic eye."
    • Neutral (Biol) Neuter. See Neuter a., 3.
    • Neutral Not engaged on either side; not taking part with or assisting either of two or more contending parties; neuter; indifferent. "The heart can not possibly remain neutral , but constantly takes part one way or the other."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Running cold water over the onion and the knife will keep you from crying when you cut it, because water neutralizes the chemical that makes you cry.
    • neutral In the condition of one who refrains from taking sides in a contest or dispute; taking no active part with either of two contestants or belligerents; not engaged on or interfering with either side.
    • neutral Belonging to a neutral state: as, neutral ships; a neutral flag.
    • neutral Neither one thing nor the other; intermediate; indifferent; mediocre.
    • neutral In chem., exhibiting neither acid nor alkaline qualities: as, neutral salts.
    • neutral In botany, sexless; having neither stamens nor pistils, as the ray-flowers of many Composite, the marginal flowers of Hydrangea, and the upper florets of many grasses. See cut under Hydrangea.
    • neutral In electricity and magnetism, not electrified; not magnetized.
    • neutral In color, of low chroma; without positive quality of color; grayish.
    • n neutral A person, party, or nation that takes no part in a contest between others; one who or that which occupies a neutral or indifferent position.
    • neutral In metallurgy:
    • neutral Neither acid nor basic: said of slag and linings.
    • neutral Neither red-short nor cold-short: said of wrought-iron.
    • neutral Suitable for production of neutral iron: said of iron-ore.
    • neutral See zone.
    • n neutral Specifically, in some United States colleges and universities, one who belongs to none of the Greek-letter or other secret societies.
    • n neutral In electricity, the neutral conductor of a three-wire circuit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The official, neutral name of Switzerland, which has multiple official languages, is the latin "Confederation Helvetica", or the Helvetic Confederation, thus the "CH" on license plates, stickers and e-mail addresses.
    • adj Neutral nū′tral being neuter, indifferent: taking no part on either side: unbiassed: neither very good nor very bad, of no decided character: having no decided colour, bluish or grayish:
    • n Neutral a person or nation that takes no part in a contest
    • adj Neutral nū′tral (chem.) neither acid nor alkaline
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  • David Puttnam
    David Puttnam
    “My belief is that no movie, nothing in life, leaves people neutral. You either leave them up or you leave them down.”
  • William James
    “Our esteem for facts has not neutralized in us all religiousness. It is itself almost religious. Our scientific temper is devout.”
  • William O. Douglas
    “The constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.”
  • Alexander Hamilton
    “Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.”
  • Booker T. Washington
    “There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. neutralis, fr. neuter,. See Neuter
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. neutralisneuter, neither.


In literature:

Her markings indicated that she belonged to one of the neutral countries to the northward.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
Only two neutral ports came seriously under consideration; Batavia and Padang.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
Armed neutrality, the, II.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Buonaparte could not be neutral; his nature and his surroundings forbade it.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
But armed neutrality, it now appears, is impracticable.
"In Our First Year of the War" by Woodrow Wilson
The remnants were either captured or driven to shelter in neutral ports by the English squadron under Boscawen.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
Neutral saline mixture, chrystals of tartar, vinum chalybeat.
"An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses" by William Withering
I've got to send my official staff to that house for permission to cross neutral territory.
"Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
In 1778 France, in order to injure England, declared its adoption of the principle that neutral ships made neutral goods.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
From many of the neutral nations there came pathetic cries of inability to join in the general protest.
"The Drama Of Three Hundred & Sixty-Five Days Scenes In The Great War - 1915" by Hall Caine

In poetry:

What will you do with Jesus?
neutral you cannot be;
some day your heart will be asking,
"What will he do with me?"
"What Will You Do with Jesus?" by Albert Benjamin Simpson
Their perfumes speak of gladness,
Their colors of delight,
They neutralize dull sadness,
Turn darkness into light.
"The Unwritten Letter" by Jared Barhite
The day recedes, and twilight's neutral shade
Succeeds in turn, and ushers in the night,
Whose wings, outstretched and shadowy, descend,
And in nocturnal mantle robes the scene.
"Grandeur." by Alfred Castner King
"They ask us, in their pride,
To idly stand aside,
To be false to our allies, and neutral in this war;
They think that Indian men
Will never think again
Of wrongs by Yengee spoilers, how false their treaties are.
"Tecumthe" by Nora Pembroke
Now those who say the bush is dull are not so far astray,
For the neutral tints of station life are anything but gay;
But, with all its uneventfulness, I solemnly deny
That the bush is unendurable along with rabbit pie.
"My Other Chinee Cook" by James Brunton Stephens
"Let arts decay, let millions fall, aye, let freedom perish,
With all that in the western world men fain would love and cherish;
Let universal ruin there become a sad reality:
We cannot swerve, we must preserve our rigorous neutrality."
"England's Neutrality" by John Reuben Thompson

In news:

They not only learn to write reports that are neutral or objective .
The strategy is revenue-neutral, officials said, and focuses on better coordinating activities that are already under way across state agencies.
Congo wants UN peacekeeping force to 'neutralize' rebels.
Neutrals Permeate PPG's 'Atmospheric' Collection.
UBS Securities equity analyst Phillip Huang maintained a neutral rating on shares of Research In Motion (RIMM) on June 4.
( PKG ) was upgraded by Goldman Sachs (GS) to neutral from sell as earnings should get a boost due to higher containerboard prices.
If the recent influx of tribal prints, polka dots, and scalloped short-shorts doesn't lure you into spring, here's a Plan B: Wear all of last year's stuff - or neutrals like t-shirts and cutoffs - and just change your lip color.
The Network consists of supplier- and content-neutral tools that address four areas of course materials management.
Rafter 's Supply Network provides a system, which is neutral among suppliers says Rafter CEO Mehdi Maghsoodnia, for schools to order, rent, sell, deliver and liquidate textbooks and other content.
Neutral Milk Hotel's Reclusive Frontman Jeff Mangum Returning to Stage.
GE Presents Application-Neutral Imaging Repository .
If no tropical storm forms this month it will be the first time since 2009 without one in July ENSO update: The Pacific conditions continue to indicate a near neutral temperature profile in the South Pacific Ocean.
Latter might argue the docu is biased toward the titular " wetbacks " (so named for their frequent arrival via a Rio Grande swim), but helmer Arturo Perez Torres does maintain some semblance of a neutral reportorial tone.
Many times, when people buy a new home or are staging to sell, they are gripped with the need to keep it safe, with neutrals everywhere, and never break out of the mold to create a unique space.
No one in this town who cares about basketball is neutral on the subject of Antoine Walker.

In science:

Let us start with a neutral system of n positive and n negative particles.
Determinantal random point fields
There can be situations when charge neutrality is violated as in the case of R.
Violation of general Friedel sum rule in mesoscopic systems
The cell acts as a neutralization volume for the counterions; consequently the electric field vanishes at the cell wall.
Osmotic Properties of Charged Cylinders: Critical Evaluation of Counterion Condensation Theory
Bogomol’nyi explained, for the NO model, that solutions which come from the first order equations are also minima of the energy, which implied the neutral stability of such solutions.
Simple models with Alice fluxes
Straightforward calculations (diagonalization of Mb ) show that there are 3 massless bosons, all of them vectorial, one being neutral, the two others charged.
Left-Right Symmetric Models in Noncommutative Geometries?