Nimble Will(Bot.), a slender, branching, American grass of some repute for grazing purposes in the Mississippi valley.

Syn. — Agile; quick; active; brisk; lively; prompt.

(Nim"ble*ness), n. The quality of being nimble; lightness and quickness in motion; agility; swiftness.

(Nim"bless) n. Nimbleness. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Nim"bly), adv. In a nimble manner; with agility; with light, quick motion.

(Nim*bose") a. [L. nimbosus, fr. nimbus cloud.] Cloudy; stormy; tempestuous.

(Nim"bus) n.; pl. L. Nimbi E. Nimbuses [L., a rain storm, a rain cloud, the cloudshaped which enveloped the gods when they appeared on earth.]

1. (Fine Arts) A circle, or disk, or any indication of radiant light around the heads of divinities, saints, and sovereigns, upon medals, pictures, etc.; a halo. See Aureola, and Glory, n., 5.

"The nimbus is of pagan origin." "As an atribute of power, the nimbus is often seen attached to the heads of evil spirits." Fairholl.

2. (Meteor.) A rain cloud; one of the four principal varieties of clouds. See Cloud.

(Ni*mi"e*ty) n. [L. nimietas, fr. nimius, a., nimis, adv., too much.] State of being in excess. [R.]

There is a nimiety, a too-muchess, in all Germans.

(Nim"i*ous) a. [L. nimius.] Excessive; extravagant; inordinate. [Obs.]

(Nim"mer) n. [From Nim.] A thief. [Obs.]

(Nin) [Fr. ne in.] Not in. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Nin"com*poop) n. [A corruption of non compos.] A fool; a silly or stupid person. [Law]

An old ninnyhammer, a dotard, a nincompoop, is the best language she can afford me.

(Nine) a. [OE. nine, nihen, AS. nigon, nigan; akin to D. & LG. negen, OS. & OFries. nigun, OHG. niun, G. neun, Icel. niu, sw. nio, Dan. ni, Goth. niun, Ir. & Gael. naoi, W. naw, L. novem, Gr. Skr. navan; of unknown origin. &radic307. Cf. Novembeer.] Eight and one more; one less than ten; as, nine miles.

(Nim*bif"er*ous) a. [L. nimbifer; nimbus a cloud + ferre to bear.] Serving to bring clouds or stormy weather.

(Nim"ble) a. [Compar. Nimbler ; superl. Nimblest ] [OE. nimel, prob. orig., quick at seizing, fr. nimen to take, AS. niman; akin to D. nemen, G. nehmen, OHG. neman, Icel. nema, Goth. nima, and prob. to Gr. to distribute. &radic 7. Cf. Nomand, Numb.] Light and quick in motion; moving with ease and celerity; lively; swift.

Through the mid seas the nimble pinnace sails.

Nimble is sometimes used in the formation of self- explaining compounds; as, nimble-footed, nimble- pinioned, nimble-winged, etc.

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