Meaning of nor in English:

nor

Pronunciation /nɔː/ /nə/

conjunction

  • 1Used before the second or further of two or more alternatives (the first being introduced by a negative such as ‘neither’ or ‘not’) to indicate that they are each untrue or each do not happen.

    ‘they were neither cheap nor convenient’
    ‘the sheets were never washed, nor the towels, nor his shirts’
    • ‘The third condition is used in such a way that it entails neither the second condition nor the first.’
    • ‘Looking at the market's current valuation, it appears neither too expensive nor too cheap.’
    • ‘He explains that it's neither easy nor cheap to cast talented actors for just a small number of scenes.’
    • ‘He was carrying neither a towel nor a change of clothing, so he did not climb down with her.’
    • ‘This description is neither entirely accurate nor indicative of the Jewish legend.’
    • ‘They indicated that they could neither speak nor hear but that they wanted him to sign the books of matches they had brought.’
    • ‘On second thoughts, neither the apartment owner nor I had any reason to be unhappy.’
    • ‘Neither taste nor strength have been compromised in producing this alternative.’
    • ‘Again, neither the affirmative nor the negative answer is really satisfactory.’
    • ‘English in Nepal is unique in that it was introduced neither by colonization nor by missionaries.’
    • ‘Neither trade nor industry could offer a major alternative source of employment.’
    • ‘Neither the donor nor the hospital had any indication that he carried a hereditary disorder.’
    • ‘It had neither had the space nor facilities to become a secondary school.’
    • ‘They still judge a person's physical appearance which is neither safe nor reliable.’
    • ‘However, humans and animals should not drink directly from the river nor enter the water.’
    • ‘George said the building was not owned by the government nor the police force.’
    • ‘Neither the directors nor the viewers are concerned about the quality of the programmes.’
    • ‘The author has already said that the Half Blood Prince is neither Harry nor Voldemort.’
    • ‘If this is not done, neither leopards, nor humans will have much to look forward to in the days ahead.’
    • ‘The Zoology Department where it is housed has neither money nor expertise to maintain it.’
  • 2Used to introduce a further negative statement.

    ‘‘I don't see how.’ ‘Nor do I.’’
    ‘the struggle did not end, nor was it any less diminished’
    • ‘She did not return to her GP for a second visit, nor was she taken into hospital on October 26.’
    • ‘Just checked, and it doesn't do alternative languages, nor does it even run to subtitles.’
    • ‘I did not threaten him or the Second Defendant nor did I become verbally abusive towards them at any time.’
    • ‘Rental of ski equipment, and the lessons, were not cheap but nor were they exorbitant.’
    • ‘Our friends may not be the best indicators, nor a record's position in the charts.’
    • ‘At present there is no queuing system, nor indication of the waiting time to be seen.’
    • ‘He did not speak, nor give any indication that he was conscious of their presence.’
    • ‘I had no recollection of my journey to this place nor indication of the time it took to get here.’
    • ‘There was no trace of cancer, nor was there any indication that she had ever had any!’
    • ‘Take it from one who knows: our second First Minister was not corrupt, nor was he stupid.’
    • ‘I have no qualms about my devotion to my work, nor have I suffered a second's guilt.’
    • ‘The irony is that Robben was not allowed to complete the match, nor even take much part in the second half.’
    • ‘An art gallery is not wanted, nor is it a viable financial alternative for the council.’
    • ‘The indications as stated are that this is not being achieved nor indeed will it be in the medium term at any rate.’
    • ‘Bermuda shorts are no longer sniggered at, nor are loud, multi-coloured shirts.’
    • ‘You cannot say that they are totally positive nor can you say that they are totally negative.’
    • ‘The man did not look at her, nor did he give any indication that he was even listening.’
    • ‘I just cannot imagine him saying anything as crass as the paper implied, nor is it likely that he would have lied about it.’
    • ‘There is no shortage of work for Lalonde, nor does he expect one any time soon.’
    • ‘This is not an article to point blame at anyone, nor is this article being used to criticize my country.’
  • 3archaic, dialect Than.

    ‘she thinks she knows better nor me’

adverb

  • literary term for neither

    ‘nor God nor demon can undo the done’
    literary term for neither

noun

usually NOR
  • 1Electronics
    A Boolean operator which gives the value one if and only if all operands have a value of zero and otherwise has a value of zero.

    1. 1.1A circuit which produces an output signal only when there are no signals on any of the input connections.
      • ‘It is quite common to recognize two others as well: the NAND and the NOR gate.’
      • ‘He and his colleagues have already created the biological equivalent of many logical components common in the digital world, such as AND, NAND, and NOR gates.’
      • ‘In the report published in Science last November, Lieber's group demonstrate that their stacked nanowires can combine to a variety of logic elements, including OR, AND, and NOR gates.’

Origin

Middle English contraction of Old English nother ‘neither’.

Pronunciation

nor

/nɔː/ /nə/