Five nations. See under Five.Law of nations. See International law, under International, and Law.

Syn. — people; race. See People.

(Na"tion*al) a. [Cf. F. national.]

1. Of or pertaining to a nation; common to a whole people or race; public; general; as, a national government, language, dress, custom, calamity, etc.

2. Attached to one's own country or nation.

National anthem, a popular song or hymn which has become by general acceptance the recognized musical expression of the patriotic sentiment of a nation; as, "God save the King" is called the national anthem of England.National bank, the official common name of a class of banking corporations established under the laws of the United States.National flag. See under Flag.National guard, a body of militia, or a local military organization, as in Paris during the French Revolution, or as certain bodies of militia in other European countries and in the United States.National salute, a salute consisting of as many guns as there are States in the Union. [U.S.]

(Na"tion*al*ism) n.

1. The state of being national; national attachment; nationality.

2. An idiom, trait, or character peculiar to any nation.

(Nath"more`) adv. [OE. na the more.] Not the more; never the more. [Obs.] penser.

(Nat"i*ca) n.; pl. Naticas L. NaticÆ (- se). (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of marine gastropods belonging to Natica, Lunatia, Neverita, and other allied genera (family Naticidæ.) They burrow beneath the sand, or mud, and drill other shells.

(Nat"i*coid) a. [Natica + -oid.] (Zoöl.) Like or belonging to Natica, or the family Naticidæ.

(Na"tion) n. [F. nation, L. natio nation, race, orig., a being born, fr. natus, p. p. of nasci, to be born, for gnatus, gnasci, from the same root as E. kin. &radic44. See Kin kindred, and cf. Cognate, Natal, Native.]

1. (Ethnol.) A part, or division, of the people of the earth, distinguished from the rest by common descent, language, or institutions; a race; a stock.

All nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues.
Rev. vii. 9.

2. The body of inhabitants of a country, united under an independent government of their own.

A nation is the unity of a people.

Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
F. S. Key.

3. Family; lineage. [Obs.] Chaucer.

4. (a) One of the divisions of university students in a classification according to nativity, formerly common in Europe. (b) (Scotch Universities) One of the four divisions (named from the parts of Scotland) in which students were classified according to their nativity.

5. A great number; a great deal; — by way of emphasis; as, a nation of herbs. Sterne.

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