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Meaning of neuter by Wiktionary Dictionary

neuter


    Etymology

    Latin, from ne ( “not” ) + uter ( “whether” ); compare English whether and neither .

    Pronunciation

    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈnjuːtə/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈnuːtɚ/, /ˈnjuːtɚ/
    • Rhymes: -uːtə( r )

    Adjective

    neuter ( not comparable )

    1. ( archaic ) Neither the one thing nor the other; on neither side; impartial; neutral.
    2. ( grammar ) Having a form belonging more especially to words which are not appellations of males or females; expressing or designating that which is of neither sex .
      a neuter noun; the neuter definite article; a neuter termination; the neuter gender
    3. ( grammar ) Intransitive
      a neuter verb
    4. ( biology ) Having no generative organs, or imperfectly developed ones; sexless .

    Noun

    neuter ( plural: neuters )

    1. ( grammar ) The neuter gender .
    2. ( grammar ) A noun of the neuter gender; any one of those words which have the terminations usually found in neuter words .
    3. ( biology ) An organism, either vegetable or animal, which at its maturity has no generative organs, or but imperfectly developed ones, as a plant without stamens or pistils, as the garden Hydrangea; especially, one of the imperfectly developed females of certain social insects, as of the ant and the common honeybee, which perform the labors of the community, and are called workers .
    4. A person who takes no part in a contest; someone remaining neutral.
    5. ( grammar ) An intransitive verb or state-of-being verb.

    Quotations

    Verb

    neuter ( third-person singular simple present neuters present participle neutering, simple past and past participle neutered )

    1. To remove sex organs from an animal to prevent it from having offspring; to castrate or spay, particularly as applied to domestic animals .
    2. To rid of sexuality

    Synonyms

    • castrate, desex, doctor, fix, spay

    Anagrams



Explanation of neuter by Wordnet Dictionary

neuter


    Verb
    1. remove the ovaries of

    Adjective
    1. of grammatical gender

    2. `it' is the third-person singular neuter pronoun
    3. having no or imperfectly developed or nonfunctional sex organs

    Noun
    1. a gender that refers chiefly ( but not exclusively ) to inanimate objects ( neither masculine nor feminine )



    Definition of neuter by GCIDE Dictionary

    neuter


    1. Neuter a. [L., fr. ne not + uter whether; akin to E. whether. See No, and Whether, and cf. Neither.]
      1. Neither the one thing nor the other; on neither side; impartial; neutral. [Archaic]

      In all our undertakings God will be either our friend or our enemy; for Providence never stands neuter. South.

      2. ( Gram. ) Having a form belonging more especially to words which are not appellations of males or females; expressing or designating that which is of neither sex; as, “a neuter noun; a neuter termination; the neuter gender.” Intransitive; as, “a neuter verb”.

      3. ( Biol. ) Having no generative organs, or imperfectly developed ones; sexless. See Neuter, n., 3.

    2. Neuter, n.
      1. A person who takes no part in a contest; one who is either indifferent to a cause or forbears to interfere; a neutral.

      The world's no neuter; it will wound or save. Young.

      2. ( Gram. ) A noun of the neuter gender; any one of those words which have the terminations usually found in neuter words. An intransitive verb.

      3. ( Biol. ) An organism, either vegetable or animal, which at its maturity has no generative organs, or but imperfectly developed ones, as a plant without stamens or pistils, as the garden Hydrangea; esp., one of the imperfectly developed females of certain social insects, as of the ant and the common honeybee, which perform the labors of the community, and are called workers.

    3. neuter v. t. To render incapable of sexual reproduction; to remove or alter the sexual organs so as to make infertile; to alter; to fix; to desex; -- in male animals, to castrate; in female animals, to spay.