Definitions for: Nut


[n] a small square or hexagonal metal block with internal screw thread to be fitted onto a bolt
[n] one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens; "she kicked him in the balls and got away"
[n] goddess of the sky
[n] someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction; "a golf addict"; "a car nut"; "a control freak"
[n] a whimsically eccentric person
[n] usually large hard-shelled seed
[n] half the width of an em
[v] gather nuts



Webster (1913) Definition: Nut, n. [OE. nute, note, AS. hnutu; akin to D. noot, G.
nuss, OHG. nuz, Icel. hnot, Sw. n["o]t, Dan. n["o]d.]
1. (Bot.) The fruit of certain trees and shrubs (as of the
almond, walnut, hickory, beech, filbert, etc.), consisting
of a hard and indehiscent shell inclosing a kernel.

2. A perforated block (usually a small piece of metal),
provided with an internal or female screw thread, used on
a bolt, or screw, for tightening or holding something, or
for transmitting motion. See Illust. of lst Bolt.

3. The tumbler of a gunlock. --Knight.

4. (Naut.) A projection on each side of the shank of an
anchor, to secure the stock in place.

Check nut, Jam nut, Lock nut, a nut which is screwed up
tightly against another nut on the same bolt or screw, in
order to prevent accidental unscrewing of the first nut.


Nut buoy. See under Buoy.

Nut coal, screened coal of a size smaller than stove coal
and larger than pea coal; -- called also chestnut coal.


Nut crab (Zo["o]l.), any leucosoid crab of the genus
Ebalia as, Ebalia tuberosa of Europe.

Nut grass (Bot.), a plant of the Sedge family ({Cyperus
rotundus}, var. Hydra), which has slender rootstocks
bearing small, nutlike tubers, by which the plant
multiplies exceedingly, especially in cotton fields.

Nut lock, a device, as a metal plate bent up at the
corners, to prevent a nut from becoming unscrewed, as by
jarring.



Nut pine. (Bot.) See under Pine.

Nut rush (Bot.), a genus of cyperaceous plants (Scleria)
having a hard bony achene. Several species are found in
the United States and many more in tropical regions.

Nut tree, a tree that bears nuts.

Nut weevil (Zo["o]l.), any species of weevils of the genus
Balaninus and other allied genera, which in the larval
state live in nuts.


Nut, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Nutted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Nutting.]
To gather nuts.

Synonyms: addict, ball, ballock, bollock, crackpot, crank, egg, en, freak, fruitcake, nut case, nutcase, orchis, screwball, testicle, testis

See Also: arteria testicularis, block, cedar nut, cembra nut, cobblers, cola nut, collect, ductus deferens, eccentric, eccentric person, edible nut, Egyptian deity, em, enthusiast, epididymis, family jewels, garner, gather, geek, gonad, hex nut, internal spermatic artery, kola nut, linear unit, locknut, male genital organ, male genitalia, male genitals, male reproductive gland, male reproductive system, mast, nut and bolt, nutlet, oddball, packing nut, palm kernel, palm nut, partisan, partizan, pica, pica em, pull together, rete testis, safety nut, seed, seminiferous tubule, spermatic cord, square nut, stuffing nut, testicular artery, testicular vein, thumbnut, undescended testicle, undescended testis, vas deferens, vena testicularis, wing nut, wing screw

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