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nothing

(Void), noun blank, clean slate, emptiness, empty feeling, empty space, inanity, nothingness, vacuity, vacuum
Associated concepts: nothing but the truth, nothing to hide

nothing

(Zero), noun naught, nil, none, not one iota, nothing at all, nothing whatever
See also: blank, nonentity, nullity
References in classic literature ?
A whole town may be talking of his affairs; may calumniate and decry him, but if he has no good friends, he will know nothing about it.
For a week after, the children were playing nothing but Red Riding Hood on the Heath and in every alley in the place until this `bloofer lady' scare came along, since then it has been quite a gala time with them.
I do not believe I shall go any farther," said he sullenly; "I see nothing of them.
It had not occurred to me that you knew nothing about her living with the Filmores.
But the two lovers were so happy in heart, hope so adorned their future, that they chose to see nothing but what was charming in their hidden nest.
Still, that mountain, prodigious as it was, was nothing to the Pyramid of Cheops.
Nicholas distended his stomach with a bowl of porridge, for much the same reason which induces some savages to swallow earth--lest they should be inconveniently hungry when there is nothing to eat.
Where else if not here, where nothing evil can touch it.
If however, from too much conversing with material objects, the soul was gross, and misplaced its satisfaction in the body, it reaped nothing but sorrow; body being unable to fulfil the promise which beauty holds out; but if, accepting the hint of these visions and suggestions which beauty makes to his mind, the soul passes through the body and falls to admire strokes of character, and the lovers contemplate one another in their discourses and their actions, then they pass to the true palace of beauty, more and more inflame their love of it, and by this love extinguishing the base affection, as the sun puts out the fire by shining on the hearth, they become pure and hallowed.
Miss Fanny was excessively courteous to her, and said the usual nothings with the skill of a veteran.
Bumble's part: he being in some sort tempted by time, place, and opportunity, to give utterance to certain soft nothings, which however well they may become the lips of the light and thoughtless, do seem immeasurably beneath the dignity of judges of the land, members of parliament, ministers of state, lord mayors, and other great public functionaries, but more particularly beneath the stateliness and gravity of a beadle: who (as is well known) should be the sternest and most inflexible among them all.
I don't think it's fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all," added little Amy, with an injured sniff.