down. &radic201. Cf. Beneath.] Situated down or below; lying beneath, or in the lower part; having a
lower position; belonging to the region below; lower; under; opposed to upper.
'Twixt upper, nether, and surrounding fires.Milton.
This darksome nether world her lightSpenser.
Doth dim with horror and deformity.
All my nether shape thus grew transformed.Milton.
(Neth"er*more`) a. Lower, nether. [Obs.] Holland.
(Neth"er*most`) a. [AS. niðemest. See Nether, and cf. Aftermost.] Lowest; as, the nethermost
(||Neth"i*nim) n. pl. [Heb., pl. of nathin given, granted, a slave of the temple, fr. nathan to
give.] (jewish Antiq.) Servants of the priests and Levites in the menial services about the tabernacle
(Net"i*fy) v. t. [Net, a. + -fy.] To render neat; to clean; to put in order. [R.] Chapman.
(Net"ting) n. [From Net, n.]
1. The act or process of making nets or network, or of forming meshes, as for fancywork, fishing nets,
2. A piece of network; any fabric, made of cords, threads, wires, or the like, crossing one another with
open spaces between.
3. (Naut.) A network of ropes used for various purposes, as for holding the hammocks when not in
use, also for stowing sails, and for hoisting from the gunwale to the rigging to hinder an enemy from
Netting needle, a kind of slender shuttle used in netting. See Needle, n., 3.
(Net"ting), n. Urine. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
(Net"tle) n. [AS. netele; akin to D. netel, G. nessel, OHG. nezzïla, nazza, Dan. nelde, nälde,
Sw. nässla; cf, Lith. notere.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus Urtica, covered with minute sharp hairs containing
a poison that produces a stinging sensation. Urtica gracitis is common in the Northern, and U. chamædryoides
in the Southern, United States. the common European species, U. urens and U. dioica, are also found
in the Eastern united States. U. pilulifera is the Roman nettle of England.
The term nettle has been given to many plants related to, or to some way resembling, the true nettle; as:
Australian nettle, a stinging tree or shrub of the genus Laportea (as L. gigas and L. moroides);
also called nettle tree. Bee nettle, Hemp nettle, a species of Galeopsis. See under Hemp.
Blind nettle, Dead nettle, a harmless species of Lamium. False nettle a plant common in
the United States, and related to the true nettles. Hedge nettle, a species of Stachys. See under
Hedge. Horse nettle (Solanum Carolinense). See under Horse. nettle tree. (a) Same as
Hackberry. (b) See Australian nettle Spurge nettle, a stinging American herb of the Spurge
family (Jatropha urens). Wood nettle, a plant (Laportea Canadensis) which stings severely, and
is related to the true nettles.
Nettle cloth, a kind of thick cotton stuff, japanned, and used as a substitute for leather for various purposes.
Nettle rash (Med.), an eruptive disease resembling the effects of whipping with nettles. Sea
nettle (Zoöl.), a medusa.