nought Definition

  • 1the digit 0; zero
  • 2nothing

Using nought: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "nought" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The final score was two nought.

  • Example

    He has nought to say on the matter.

  • Example

    She achieved nought in her attempt to break the record.

nought Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for nought

Antonyms for nought

Phrases with nought

  • to fail completely


    All his efforts came to nought when he failed the final exam.

  • completely wasted or useless


    After all the hard work, it turned out to be all for nought when the project was cancelled.

  • used to express a decimal fraction that is less than one


    The interest rate is currently at nought point five percent.

Origins of nought

from Middle English 'naught', from Old English 'nāwiht', meaning 'no thing'


Summary: nought in Brief

The term 'nought' [nɔːt] refers to the digit 0 or nothing. It is used in various contexts, such as scores and measurements, exemplified by 'The final score was two nought.' 'Nought' also appears in phrases like 'come to nought,' indicating complete failure, and 'nought point something,' expressing decimal fractions less than one.

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