nun

Definitions

  • Ursuline Nuns
    Ursuline Nuns
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nun the 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
    • n nun a buoy resembling a cone
    • n nun a woman religious
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A nun is on her knees before a man in a short flared skirt A nun is on her knees before a man in a short flared skirt

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Actress Sally Field was paid $4,000 a week for her role in the TV show The Flying Nun
    • nun (Zoöl) A white variety of domestic pigeons having a veil of feathers covering the head.
    • nun A woman devoted to a religious life, who lives in a convent, under the three vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. "They holy time is quiet as a nun Breathless with adoration."
    • nun (Zoöl) The European blue titmouse.
    • nun (Zoöl) The smew.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nun A woman devoted to a religious life, under a vow of poverty, celibacy, and obedience to a superior: correlative to monk.
    • n nun A female recluse.
    • n nun A name of several different birds. The smew, Mergellus albellus, more fully called white nun.
    • n nun A child's top.
    • nun To cloister up as a nun; confine in or as if in a nunnery.
    • n nun Same as nun-moth.
    • n nun A yellowish-brown, neutral, fatty substance produced by an insect found in Yucatan. It melts at 48.9° C. and readily absorbs oxygen from the air.
    • n nun The fourteenth letter (ℶ) of the Hebrew alphabet, corresponding to the Greek νῦ and the English n. Its numerical value is 50.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nun nun a female who, under a vow, secludes herself in a religious house, to give her time to devotion:
    • n Nun nun (zool.) a kind of pigeon with the feathers on its head like the hood of a nun
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Quotations

  • Madonna
    Madonna
    “I sometimes think I was born to live up to my name. How could I be anything else but what I am having been named Madonna? I would either have ended up a nun or this.”
  • Madonna
    Madonna
    “How could I have been anything else but what I am, having been named Madonna. I would either have ended up a nun or this.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “A nun, at best, is only half a woman, just as a priest is only half a man.”
  • John Milton
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    “Come, pensive nun, devout and pure, sober steadfast, and demure, all in a robe of darkest grain, flowing with majestic train.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. nunne, AS. nunne, fr. L. nonna, nun, nonnus, monk; cf. Gr. , ; of unknown origin. Cf. Nunnery
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. nunne—Low L. nunna, nonna, a nun, an old maiden lady, the orig. sig. being 'mother;' cf. Gr. nannē, aunt, Sans. nanā, a child's word for 'mother.'

Usage

In literature:

The nuns were forbidden to visit the laity in Romsey, and other like ordinances were enjoined.
"Bell's Cathedrals: A Short Account of Romsey Abbey" by Thomas Perkins
There are some nuns there, dressed all in white, to take care of the babies.
"Rollo in Paris" by Jacob Abbott
The children were better a deal with the Black Nuns.
"The King's Daughters" by Emily Sarah Holt
In the Abbey of Shaftesbury was one nun who drew Philippa's attention more than the others.
"The Well in the Desert" by Emily Sarah Holt
She bade the immediate admission of the nuns, who were evidently provided with permission from the authorities.
"The White Rose of Langley" by Emily Sarah Holt
I loved to hear talk about God, to be at church, and to be dressed as a nun.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
One of the nuns has some suspicion of the trick, and invites her companions to tap the skins with red-hot irons.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
There is a plan to bring out some nuns, and we shall build a chapel.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Suddenly there entered by a side door a nun equally wrapped from head to foot in a large veil.
"En Route" by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
I hope, madam, you understand that we neither of us think of my ever becoming a nun.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
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In poetry:

So klagen, und dem Trinken fluchen,
Heisst Zwecke sonder Mittel suchen.
Nun, Brueder, red ich nicht gelehrt?
Wie man es kaum von Wolfen hoert.
"Die Redlichkeit" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
The slightest stir is in the air;
Like nuns with hands upon their breast
Each blossom hangs, and everywhere
There is the perfect sleep of rest.
"In A Manse Garden" by Alexander Anderson
"The Nun ! the Nun !...what a dream is this!
And he shudder'd at the name ;
'Tis an idle tale of a spectre pale,
And his colour went and came !
"The Perjured Nun" by Anne Bannerman
"The aisle ! the aisle of the eastern tower
Your feet must ever shun !
For dark and dread is the haunt of the dead,
The haunt of the Perjur'd Nun !"
"The Perjured Nun" by Anne Bannerman
And Night draws near, the sadly sweet—
A nun whose face is calm and fair—
And kneeling at the dead Day's feet
Her soul goes up in mists like prayer.
"The Dead Day" by Madison Julius Cawein
Sie schickte nun in die feindlichen Reih'n
in Salven gleich Tod und Verderben,
kein Rückzug mehr möglich, es war schon zu spät,
sie mußten beim Fliehen noch sterben.
"Die Tage von Lihü" by Anonymous European

In news:

"The past is never dead," Faulkner famously wrote in "Requiem for a Nun".
Richard Rodriguez looks at an order of nuns that has, for generations, prepared young women for life in the world.
In recent decades, US nuns have entered many new fields of social service .
In 1946 a handful of nuns from the Order of Saint Benedict opened a hospital and a nursing school in Ogden.
After rounding nun 4 to port to port, the fleet continued on a broad reach on the port tack to green can 3.
A nun walks outside the Church of the Nativity , the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem June 28.
This island isn't all about nuns, but you'll be hard-pressed to avoid the topic.
D'Sant Angelo is accused of stealing $2,800 from a fundraising organization that had attempted to salvage housing for area nuns.
A former nun, after 20 years of work with Mother Teresa, takes an unflinching look at her own experience and desires.
A water utility consultant told me of a nun who came to a public hearing on a proposed rate increase and testified that because God gave us the water, the people should not have to pay for it.
Two nuns are driving down a road late at night when a vampire jumps onto the hood of their car.
Ta'Rea Campbell stars as nightclub singer-turned-nun Deloris Van Cartier in the national tour of the Tony Award-nominated musical Sister Act , which takes audiences to heaven beginning Oct 2 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto.
A New York nun, 67, has pleaded not guilty to allegations she stole $128,000 from two parishes to feed her gambling addiction at casinos.
A nun with a gambling addiction was accused of stealing $128,000 from two rural parishes where she worked.
Catholic Nun Group Rejects Vatican Report That Found Them Afoul Of Doctrine.
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In science:

Hence (Un ) covers R, and since µ satisfies the measure condition (4.1), the Lebesgue measure of NUn is bounded by µ(N (Vn )).
Measures and their random reals
Say u a generator of the multiplicative group K£ of K. of course, nun 2 GL(V) and its image in PGL(V) generates a cyclic group which is transitive on PG(V) = PGd (q).
Second maximal subgroups of the finite alternating and symmetric groups
Let Un (h)(X ) be a non-degenerate U-statistic with bounded kernel function h and limn→∞ V(cid:0)√nUn (h)(X )(cid:1) < ∞.
Moderate deviations in random graphs and Bernoulli random matrices
Specifically, cn (E ) ∼ eβ√nun (E ) where un (E ) is defined through 2nP(τn (x) ≥ cn (E )) ∼ exp{−e−E }.
Aging in reversible dynamics of disordered systems. II. Emergence of the arcsine law in the random hopping time dynamics of the REM
The arguments above lead to the following lemma, which says that conditioning on {Zn > 0} is asymptotically equivalent to conditioning on {Un < hn , NUn ≥ en(a+δn )}.
Subcritical branching processes in random environment without Cramer condition
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