nonsense
I. noun Date: 1614 1. a. words or language having no meaning or conveying no intelligible ideas b. (1) language, conduct, or an idea that is absurd or contrary to good sense (2) an instance of absurd action 2. a. things of no importance or value ; trifles b. affected or impudent conduct <
took no nonsense from subordinates
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3. genetic information consisting of one or more codons that do not code for any amino acid and usually cause termination of the molecular chain in protein synthesis • nonsensical adjectivenonsensically adverbnonsensicalness noun II. adjective Date: 1799 1. consisting of an arbitrary grouping of speech sounds or symbols <
\ˈshrȯg-ˌthī-əmpth\ is a nonsense word
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a nonsense syllable
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2. consisting of one or more codons that are genetic nonsense — compare antisense, missense

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  • NONSENSE — « A piece of nonsense », c’est en anglais courant une bêtise, une absurdité: un «non sens» bien sûr; et pourtant, le terme anglais a une richesse spécifique. Anglais d’abord parce que la langue anglaise en est le lieu sonore d’élection; ainsi les …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Nonsense — es una figura literaria que puede ser en verso o en prosa, que busca generar, juegos de palabras que trasgreden las formas comunes de la sintaxis y la semántica, juegos que resultan extraños, comúnmente humorísticos y absurdos. Literalmente… …   Wikipedia Español

  • nonsense — nonsense, twaddle, drivel, bunk, balderdash, poppycock, gobbledygook, trash, rot, bull are comparable when they mean something said or proposed which is senseless or absurd. Nonsense is the most general of these terms; it may be referred to… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • nonsense — Uses of nonsense as a countable noun (i.e. preceded by a or in the plural) have become common in current use, especially in BrE: • I knew you d make a nonsense of it so I told Wallis to be ready to take over L. Cooper, 1960 • I could only pray… …   Modern English usage

  • Nonsense — Non sense, n. [Pref. non + sense: cf. F. nonsens.] 1. That which is not sense, or has no sense; words, or language, which have no meaning, or which convey no intelligible ideas; absurdity. [1913 Webster] 2. Trifles; things of no importance. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nonsense — index jargon (unintelligible language), platitude Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • nonsense — / nɑnsəns/, it. / nɔnsens/ s. e agg. ingl. [propr. sciocchezza , comp. di non non e sense senso ], usato in ital. come s.m. e agg., invar. ■ s.m. [cosa insensata, assurda e sim.: quello che dici è un n. ] ▶◀ assurdità, insensatezza, nonsenso.… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • nonsense — (n.) 1610s, from NON (Cf. non ) + SENSE (Cf. sense); perhaps influenced by Fr. nonsens …   Etymology dictionary

  • nonsense — |nònsénce| s. m. Aquilo que é contrário à razão ou ao bom senso. = ABSURDO   ‣ Etimologia: palavra inglesa …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • nonsense — [n] craziness, ridiculousness absurdity, babble, balderdash*, baloney*, bananas*, bombast, bull*, bunk*, claptrap*, drivel, fatuity, flightiness, folly, foolishness, fun, gibberish, giddiness, hogwash*, hooey*, hot air*, imprudence, inanity,… …   New thesaurus

  • nonsense — ► NOUN 1) words that make no sense. 2) foolish or unacceptable behaviour. 3) an absurd or unthinkable scheme, situation, etc. DERIVATIVES nonsensical adjective nonsensically adverb …   English terms dictionary

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