nixie
noun Etymology: German Nixe female nix, from Old High German nichessa, feminine of nihhus nix Date: 1816 nix IV

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  • Nixie — may refer to: Nixie tube, a gas filled electron tube once in use as an alphanumeric display Neck (water spirit) or Nixie, a mythical water creature in Germanic folk tales Melusine or Nixie, a mythical feminine spirit of fresh waters in sacred… …   Wikipedia

  • nixie — (n.) water fairy, 1816 (introduced by Sir Walter Scott), from Ger. Nixie, from O.H.G. nihhussa water sprite, fem. of nihhus, from P.Gmc. *nikwiz (Cf. O.N. nykr, O.E. nicor water spirit, water monster, also used to gloss hippopotamus; Grendel s… …   Etymology dictionary

  • nixie — A mailpiece that cannot be sorted or delivered because of an incorrect, illegible, or insufficient delivery address. A nixie clerk specializes in handling this mail. (Also seeundeliverable as addressed) …   Glossary of postal terms

  • Nixie — Nix ie, n. 1. See {Nix}. [1913 Webster] 2. Nothing. [Slang] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 3. (U. S. Mail Service) A piece of mail matter which cannot be delivered, either because no post office exists at the place to which is it addressed, or because… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nixie — nixie1 [nik′sē] n. Gmc. Folklore a female nix ☆ nixie2 [nik′sē ] n. a piece of mail with an incorrect, incomplete, or illegible address, usually not deliverable …   English World dictionary

  • Nixie — Das Wort Nixie bezeichnet: im amerikanischen Englisch (AE) eine unzustellbare Briefsendung (Post), siehe Nixieliste die Nixie Röhre ein Torpedo Täuschkörper, siehe AN/SLQ 25 Nixie Diese Seite ist eine Begriffs …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • nixie — noun /ˈnɪksi/ a) a female water elf , 1922: Bare from her garters up her flesh appears under the sapphire a nixie’s green. James Joyce, Ulysses b) a piece of mail returned as undeliverable , mailers may also receive information on addresses that… …   Wiktionary

  • nixie — I. ˈniksē, si noun ( s) Etymology: German, female nix, from Old High German nicchessa, feminine of nihhus nix : nix I II. noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • nixie — nixie1 /nik see/, n. a letter or parcel that is undeliverable by the post office because of a faulty or illegible address. [1880 85; NIX1 + IE] nixie2 /nik see/, n. Germanic Folklore. a female water spirit. [1810 20; < G Nixe (MHG nickese, OHG… …   Universalium

  • NIXIE —    in German folk lore a water sprite of a mischievous disposition, believed to have been suggested to the imagination by the reflection of the stars in the water …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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