• WordNet 3.6
    • n nuisance (law) a broad legal concept including anything that disturbs the reasonable use of your property or endangers life and health or is offensive
    • n nuisance a bothersome annoying person "that kid is a terrible pain"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Nuisance That which annoys or gives trouble and vexation; that which is offensive or noxious.Nuisances are public when they annoy citizens in general; private, when they affect individuals only.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nuisance Injured or painful feeling; annoyance; displeasure; grief.
    • n nuisance An annoying experience; a grievous infliction; trouble; inconvenience.
    • n nuisance The infliction of hurt or injury.
    • n nuisance That which or one who annoys, or gives trouble or injury; a troublesome or annoying thing; that which is noxious, offensive, or irritating; a plague; a bore: applied to persons and things.
    • n nuisance In law, such a use of property or such a course of conduct as, irrespective of actual trespass against others or of malicious or actual criminal intent, transgresses the just restrictions upon use or conduct which the proximity of other persons or property in civilized communities imposes upon what would otherwise be rightful freedom. Thus, the use of steam-power, though on one's own premises and for a lawful purpose, may be a nuisance, if by reason of being in one of several closely built dwellings the vibration and noise cause unreasonable injury to the adjacent property and occupants. Any serious obstruction to a highway or navigable river if not authorized by law is a nuisance; but the temporary use of a reasonable part of a highway for a legitimate purpose, such as the moving of a building or the deposit of building materials going into use, is not necessarily a nuisance. The question of nuisance always is, at what point the selfish use of a right transcends the obligation to respect the welfare of others. A common nuisance, or public nuisance, is one which tends to the annoyance of the public generally, and is therefore to be redressed by forcible abatement or by an action by the state, as distinguished from a private nuisance, or one which causes special injury to one or more individuals and therefore will sustain a private action. Thus, if one obstructs a highway any person may remove the obstruction, but only the public can prosecute the offender, unless a particular individual suffers special injury, as where he is turned from his road and compelled to go another way and suffers thereby a specific pecuniary damage, in which case it is as to him a private nuisance, and he may sue.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nuisance nū′sans that which annoys or hurts: that which troubles: that which is offensive
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  • Havelock Ellis
    “What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another.”
  • Ian Hay
    Ian Hay
    “War is hell and all that, but it has a good deal to recommend it. It wipes out all the small nuisances of peace-time.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. noisance, OF. noisance, nuisance, fr. L. nocentia, guilt, fr. nocere, to hurt, harm; akin to necare, to kill. Cf Necromancy Nocent Noxious Pernicious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. nocēre, to hurt.


In literature:

It's a great nuisance.
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
The "old nuisance," as you call him, has behaved very nicely.
"Rídan The Devil And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
Indeed, he considered her advent a nuisance.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
It's a nuisance, but I must go through with it.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Only it's a horrible nuisance to be obliged to have her in our room.
"The Nicest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
It's a grizzly nuisance.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
The telephone is a blessed thing when it is healthy, but when its liver is out of order it is the worst nuisance on record.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
The girls were nuisances to him, and he didn't want to take them an outing.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
An important part of the Bill relates to trespass or nuisance by aeroplanes.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, May 19, 1920" by Various
So she has become a perfect nuisance to her friends, talking of him so.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French

In poetry:

For a nuisance you are,
In this land of your birth,
Held down by his hand,
And crushed to the earth.
"Colonization Song" by Anonymous Americas
A shrimp who sought his lady shrimp
Could catch no glimpse
Not even a glimp.
At times, translucence
Is rather a nuisance.
"The Shrimp" by Ogden Nash
So, if conflict vex his life
Where he thought all conflict done,
He, resuming ancient strife,
Springs his mine or trains his gun;
And, in mirth more dread than wrath,
Wipes the nuisance from his path!
"The Expert" by Rudyard Kipling
"My breath is as sweet as the breath of blown roses,
While you are a nuisance where'er you appear;
There is nothing but snivelling and blowing of noses,
Such a noise as turns any man's stomach to hear."
"To The Rev. Mr. Newton, Rector Of St. Mary Woolnoth" by William Cowper
Flourish the fish-slice, your buttons unloosing,
Prepare for the fabulous browsing and sluicing,
And quote, til you're known as the neighborhood nuisance,
The gems that illumine the browsance and sluicance.
"PG Wooster, Just as he Useter" by Ogden Nash
This is the fortune of manhood: the natural peril,
A steeplejack tower, bonerailed and masterless,
No death more natural;
Thus the shadowless man or ox, and the pictured devil,
In seizure of silence commit the dead nuisance.
The natural parallel.
"I, In My Intricate Image" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

Clean-up begins at New Haven home declared 'public health nuisance .
Mary's asks state for right to crack down on ' nuisance ' properties.
Nuisance All-In-One Store Demolished.
BART's bird problem a $5 million nuisance .
Boxelder Bugs Are Only a Minor Nuisance .
Historic Dayton building declared a nuisance .
Jackson beefs up nuisance policy in attempt to fight growing violence in city neighborhoods.
Commissioner names firms over ' nuisance ' marketing calls.
How to handle a Neighborhood Nuisance .
Definition of a nuisance .
Danny LaFavor, Texas Wildlife Services trapper, will be in the area for a few weeks trapping nuisance beavers.
Council approves draft nuisance -calls ordinance.
Nuisance or Necessary Safety Device.
Livingston County residents are invited to weigh in Thursday morning on a policy that could effect the way the county handles public nuisance complaints.
County Marijuana Nuisance Ordinance Update.

In science:

These two effects are in a sense a nuisance for us, since they just obscure the picture.
Perturbing General Uncorrelated Networks
When combining the matter power spectrum with CMB data, we marginalize over a bias b considered as an additional nuisance parameter.
Indication for Primordial Anisotropies in the Neutrino Background from WMAP and SDSS
For the supernova analysis, we use ΩΛ , w0 , w1 , (or E1 , E2 ) and treat the magnitude parameter M as a nuisance parameter.
Probing decisive answers to dark energy questions from cosmic complementarity and lensing tomography
The probes considered here have systematic errors and nuisance factors that need to be well understood and well controlled in order for these constraints to be achievable.
Probing decisive answers to dark energy questions from cosmic complementarity and lensing tomography
Hubble parameter, H0 , is a nuisance parameter and cα are the model parameters.
Generalizing the generalized Chaplygin gas