nil nil  /ˈnɪl/


  • (n) a quantity of no importance



  1. The total number of phone calls received was nil.
  2. Its wit is almost nil, but its wisecracks are raw as a cannibal sandwich, suggestive as a red light burning in the hall.
  3. The name Old Gold then belonged to a Lorillard brand of smoking tobacco whose sales were almost nil.


  1. RUBBER-Tokyo futures prices after evening session

    Following are prices for Tokyo rubber futures at the end of the Tokyo market's evening session on June 11. Contract Day Volume Evening Volume * Jun 243.1 64 Nil Nil * Jul 245.8 36 240.8 11 * Aug 246.3 ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! Finance

  2. NBA Finals 2013: Adjustments from Game 1 Each Team Must Make to Win Series

    With Game 1 of the NBA Finals in the books, the Miami Heat lost home court advantage, and are on the pressure cooker once again headed into Game 2. Heat fans were enjoying a series being nil-nil, until the San Antonio Spurs stole the fourth quarter, fueled by a masterful performance by Tony Parker and a time machine performance by Tim Duncan. ESPN's SportsCenter Twitter account details their ...
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

  3. Slo-Mo Lightning Footage Is Why High Speed Cameras Were Invented

    The odds of capturing a lightning bolt on a high-speed camera in the wild are probably pretty similar to getting hit yourself—slim to nil. So to vastly improve their chances, the slo-mo team at BBC Earth Productions visited the Morgan-Botti Lightning Lab in England where the electrifying bolts are produced every day. Read more...        
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Gizmodo


  1. "My expectations were almost nil coming in, to tell you the truth," said Norman. "I hadn't played a lot of golf. I was trying to work on my game as much as I could. Obviously we had a lot of preparation getting ready for the wedding."
    on Jul 18, 2008 By: Greg Norman Source: ESPN

  2. "It shouldn't have been allowed," Eriksson said. "They got a goal free. That's a 2-nil goal - that changed everything. It's even more difficult if he's allowed to use his hands. Of course it's a hand ball. It's not once, it's twice."
    on Jun 20, 2010 By: Sven-Goran Eriksson Source: Washington Post

  3. Sao Paulo State Governor Jose Serra said: "I was told that the temperature inside the plane was 1,000C [1,830F], so the chances of there being any survivors are practically nil."
    on Jul 17, 2007 By: Jose Serra Source: BBC News

Word of the Day
untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /