Noble
Noble No"ble, a. [Compar. {Nobler}; superl. {Noblest}.] [F. noble, fr. L. nobilis that can be or is known, well known, famous, highborn, noble, fr. noscere to know. See {know}.] 1. Possessing eminence, elevation, dignity, etc.; above whatever is low, mean, degrading, or dishonorable; magnanimous; as, a noble nature or action; a noble heart. [1913 Webster]

Statues, with winding ivy crowned, belong To nobler poets for a nobler song. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Grand; stately; magnificent; splendid; as, a noble edifice. [1913 Webster]

3. Of exalted rank; of or pertaining to the nobility; distinguished from the masses by birth, station, or title; highborn; as, noble blood; a noble personage. [1913 Webster]

Note: Noble is used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, noble-born, noble-hearted, noble-minded. [1913 Webster]

{Noble gas} (Chem.), a gaseous element belonging to group VIII of the periodic table of elements, not combining with other elements under normal reaction conditions; specifically, {helium}, {neon}, {argon}, {krypton}, {xenon}, or {radon}; also called {inert gas}.

{Noble metals} (Chem.), silver, gold, and platinum; -- so called from their resistance to oxidation by air and to dissolution by acids. Copper, mercury, aluminium, palladium, rhodium, iridium, and osmium are sometimes included. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Honorable; worthy; dignified; elevated; exalted; superior; sublime; great; eminent; illustrious; renowned; stately; splendid; magnificent; grand; magnanimous; generous; liberal; free. [1913 Webster]


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  • noble — [ nɔbl ] adj. et n. • fin XIe; lat. nobilis ♦ Qui est au dessus du commun. I ♦ (Sens génér.) Qui l emporte sur les autres êtres ou objets de son espèce. 1 ♦ Littér. Dont les qualités morales sont grandes. « la nation la plus noble de la terre »… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Noble — may refer to: Nobility, a hereditary caste Noble gas, chemical elements in group 18 (old style Group 0) of the periodic table Noble metal, metals that are resistant to corrosion or oxidation Noble polyhedron, polyhedra which are isohedral (face… …   Wikipedia

  • Noble — ist der Name mehrerer Orte in den Vereinigten Staaten: Noble (Georgia) Noble (Illinois) Noble (Iowa) Noble (Kentucky) Noble (Louisiana) Noble (Missouri) Noble (Ohio) Noble (Oklahoma) Noble (Pennsylvania) Noble (Texas) Noble (Washington) Noble… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • noble — NOBLE. adj. de tout genre. Qui est élevé par dessus les roturiers, ou par sa naissance, ou par des Lettres du Prince. Il est noble par sa naissance. noble de naissance. noble d extraction. de noble sang. de race noble. noble de race. noble de… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • noble — Noble, Generosus, Nobilis. Noble et excellent, Superbus. Il se dit noble, Agit se pro nobili. B. ex Suet. Noble de trois lignées, Qui auum ciere proauumque nobilem potest. B. Noble de quatre degrez, ou de quatre generations, Nobilium abnepotes. B …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Noble — Noble, IL U.S. village in Illinois Population (2000): 746 Housing Units (2000): 363 Land area (2000): 1.023734 sq. miles (2.651458 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.004787 sq. miles (0.012397 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.028521 sq. miles (2.663855 sq …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • noble — adjetivo,sustantivo masculino y femenino 1. Que posee un título de nobleza o que pertenece a una familia que lo tiene por herencia: Estoy leyendo un libro sobre las relaciones entre los nobles y la monarquía en el sigloXV. adjetivo 1. (antepuesto …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • noble — (Del lat. nobĭlis). 1. adj. Preclaro, ilustre, generoso. 2. Principal en cualquier línea; excelente o aventajado en ella. 3. Dicho de una persona o de sus parientes: Que por su ilustre nacimiento o por concesión del soberano posee algún título… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • noble — ► ADJECTIVE (nobler, noblest) 1) belonging to the aristocracy. 2) having fine personal qualities or high moral principles. 3) imposing; magnificent. ► NOUN 1) (especially in former times) a person of noble rank or birth. 2) …   English terms dictionary

  • Noble — C est dans la Charente que le nom est le plus répandu. Difficile d en connaître le sens exact comme surnom : celui qui a l âme noble ? un sobriquet ironique (voir Lenoble) ? une comparaison avec le lion (appelé Noble dans le Roman de Renart) ? Le …   Noms de famille

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