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[edit] namby-pamby

NAM-bee PAM-bee

adjective

Etymology

1726, satiric nickname of English poet Ambrose Philips (1674-1749) mocking his sentimental pastorals addressed to infant members of the nobility. Used first in a farce credited to Carey. [1]

Definition
  1. lacking in character or substance
  2. insipid
  3. weak, indecisive [2]


[edit] narcissism

NAHR-si-sizm

noun

Etymology

from Narcissus, a beautiful youth in classical mythology who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool. Because he was unable to tear himself away from the image, he wasted away and died. [3]

Definition
  1. egoism
  2. egocentrism
  3. love of or sexual desire for one's own body [4]


[edit] newton

NEW-tun

noun

Etymology

after Sir Isaac Newton (1643–1727) whose Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, published in 1687, is considered to be the most influential book in the history of science. In this work, Newton described universal gravitation and the three laws of motion, laying the groundwork for classical mechanics, which dominated the scientific view of the physical universe for the next three centuries and is the basis for modern engineering. [5]

Definition

the unit of force in the meter-kilogram-second system equal to the force required to impart an acceleration of one meter per second per second to a mass of one kilogram [6]


[edit] nicotine

NICK-uh-teen

noun

Etymology

from Latin Nicotiana, formal botanical name for the tobacco plant, named for Jean Nicot (c.1530-1600), French ambassador to Portugal, who sent tobacco seeds and powdered leaves back to France in 1561. [7]

Definition

a poisonous alkaloid C10H14N2 that is the chief active principle of tobacco and is used as an insecticide [8]


[edit] nimrod

NIM-rod

noun

Etymology

from Nimrod, the great-grandson of Noah, noted as a great hunter. Genesis 10:8–10 [[9]

Definition
  1. a person expert in or devoted to hunting
  2. a person regarded as silly, foolish, or stupid [10]
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