(Nic"co*lite) n. [from NL. niccolum nickel.] (Min.) A mineral of a copper-red color and metallic
luster; an arsenide of nickel; called also coppernickel, kupfernickel.
(Nice) a. [Compar. Nicer ; superl. Nicest.] [OE., foolish, fr. OF. nice ignorant, fool, fr. L. nescius
ignorant; ne not + scius knowing, scire to know. perhaps influenced by E. nesh delicate, soft. See
No, and Science.]
1. Foolish; silly; simple; ignorant; also, weak; effeminate. [Obs.] Gower.
But say that we ben wise and nothing nice.Chaucer.
2. Of trifling moment; unimportant; trivial. [Obs.]
The letter was not nice, but full of chargeShak.
Of dear import.
3. Overscrupulous or exacting; hard to please or satisfy; fastidious in small matters.
Curious not knowing, not exact but nice.Pope.
And to tasteMilton.
Think not I shall be nice.
4. Delicate; refined; dainty; pure.
Dear love, continue nice and chaste.Donne.
A nice and subtile happiness.Milton.
5. Apprehending slight differences or delicate distinctions; distinguishing accurately or minutely; carefully
discriminating; as, a nice taste or judgment. "Our author happy in a judge so nice." Pope. "Nice verbal
6. Done or made with careful labor; suited to excite admiration on account of exactness; evidencing great
skill; exact; fine; finished; as, nice proportions, nice workmanship, a nice application; exactly or fastidiously
discriminated; requiring close discrimination; as, a nice point of law, a nice distinction in philosophy.
The difference is too nicePope.
Where ends the virtue, or begins the vice.
7. Pleasing; agreeable; gratifying; delightful; good; as, a nice party; a nice excursion; a nice person; a nice
day; a nice sauce, etc. [Loosely & Colloquially]
To make nice of, to be scrupulous about. [Obs.] Shak.
Syn. Dainty; delicate; exquisite; fine; accurate; exact; correct; precise; particular; scrupulous; punctilious; fastidious; squeamish; finical; effeminate; silly.
(Nice"ly) adv. In a nice manner.
Nicene Creed a summary of Christian faith, composed and adopted by the Council of Nice, against
Arianism, a. d. 325, altered and confirmed by the Council of Constantinople, a. d. 381, and by subsequent
(Ni"cene) a. [L. Nicaenus, fr. Nicaea Nice, Gr. .] Of or pertaining to Nice, a town of Asia
Minor, or to the ecumenical council held there a. d. 325.
(Nice"ness) n. Quality or state of being nice.
(Ni"cer*y) n. Nicety. [Colloq.] Chapman.