Name-son to Nathaniel
Name-son Name-sake; also name-child, etc.
God for ever bless your honour, I am your name-son, sure enough.- Smollett: Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves.Name the Day Fix the day of marriage.
Names of the Puritans.
Nancy The sailor's choice in Dibdin's exquisite song beginning, 'Twas post meridian half-past four. At
half-past four he parted by signal from his Nancy; at eight he bade her a long adieu; next morn a storm
arose, and four sailors were washed overboard, but love forbade the waves to snatch our tar from Nancy; when
the storm ceased an enemy appeared, but when the battle was hottest our gallant friend put up a prayer
and thought on Nancy.
Odious! In woollen? `Twould a saint provoke!'Miss Nancy. An effeminate young man.
Nancy of the Vale A village maiden who preferred Strephon to the gay lordlings who sought her. (Shenstone.)
Nankeen So called from Nankin, in China. It is the natural colour of Nankin cotton.
Nanna Wife of Balder. When the blind-god slew her husband, she threw herself upon his funeral pile and was burnt to death.
Nannie to whom Burns has addressed several of his songs, was Miss Fleming, daughter of a farmer in the parish of Tarbolton, Ayrshire.
Nantes (1 syl.). Edict of Nantes. The decree of Henri IV. of France, published from Nantes in 1598, securing freedom of religion to all Protestants. Louis XIV. repealed this edict in 1685.
Nap To go nap. To stake all the winnings on the cards in hand; hence, to risk all on one venture. Nap is a game of cards; so called from Napoleon III.
Nap (A), a doze or short sleep, as To take a nap, is the Anglo-Saxon hnæppian or hnapp-ian (to take a nap; the nap of cloth is the Anglo-Saxon hnoppa.)
Naphtha The drug used by Mede'a for anointing the wedding robe of Glauce, daughter of King Creon, whereby she was burnt to death on the morning of her marriage with Jason.
Napier's Bones A method invented by Baron Napier, of Merchiston, for shortening the labour of trignometrical calculations. Certain figures are arranged on little slips of paper or ivory, and simply by shifting these slips the result required is obtained. They are called bones because the baron used bone or ivory rods instead of cardboard.
Napoleon III Few men have had so many nicknames.
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