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Neuter

neuter
1. Neither the one thing nor the other; on neither side; impartial; neutral. In all our undertakings god will be either our friend or our enemy; for providence never stands neuter. (south)
2. 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. (Science: biology) Having no generative organs, or imperfectly developed ones; sexless. See Neuter.
Origin: L, fr. Ne not – uter whether; akin to E. Whether. See No, and Whether, and cf. Neither.
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. A noun of the neuter gender; any one of those words which have the terminations usually found in neuter words. An intransitive verb.
3. (Science: 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.


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