Noah's ark. (a) (Zoöl.) A marine bivalve shell (Arca Noæ), which somewhat resembles an ark, or ship, in form. (b) A child's toy, consisting of an ark-shaped box containing many different wooden animals.

(Nob) n. [Cf. Knob.] The head. [Low]

(Nob), n. [Abbrev. fr. noble.] A person in a superior position in life; a nobleman. [Slang]

(Nob"bi*ly) adv. In a nobby manner. [Slang]

(Nob"bler) n. A dram of spirits. [Australia]

(Nob"by) a. [From 2d Nob.] Stylish; modish; elegant; showy; aristocratic; fashionable. [Slang]

(No*bil"ia*ry) a. [F. nobiliare. See Noble.] Of or pertaining to the nobility. Fitzed. Hall.

(No*bil"ia*ry), n. A history of noble families.

(No*bil"i*fy) v. t. [L. nobilis noble + -fy.] To make noble; to nobiliate. [Obs.]

(No*bil"i*tate) v. t. [L. nobilitatus, p. p. of nobilitare.] To make noble; to ennoble; to exalt. [Obs.]

(No*bil`i*ta"tion) n. [Cf. OF. nobilitation.] The act of making noble. [Obs.] Dr. H. More.

(No*bil"i*ty) n. [L. nobilitas: cf. OF. nobilité. See Noble.]

1. The quality or state of being noble; superiority of mind or of character; commanding excellence; eminence.

Though she hated Amphialus, yet the nobility of her courage prevailed over it.
Sir P. Sidney.

They thought it great their sovereign to control,
And named their pride nobility of soul.

2. The state of being of high rank or noble birth; patrician dignity; antiquity of family; distinction by rank, station, or title, whether inherited or conferred.

I fell on the same argument of preferring virtue to nobility of blood and titles, in the story of Sigismunda.

3. Those who are noble; the collective body of nobles or titled persons in a state; the aristocratic and patrician class; the peerage; as, the English nobility.

(No"ble) a. [Compar. Nobler ; superl. Noblest ] [F. noble, fr. L. nobilis that can be or is known, well known, famous, highborn, noble, fr. noscere to know. See know.]

1. Possessing eminence, elevation, dignity, etc.; above whatever is low, mean, degrading, or dishonorable; magnanimous; as, a noble nature or action; a noble heart.

Statues, with winding ivy crowned, belong
To nobler poets for a nobler song.

2. Grand; stately; magnificent; splendid; as, a noble edifice.

3. Of exalted rank; of or pertaining to the nobility; distinguished from the masses by birth, station, or title; highborn; as, noble blood; a noble personage.

(No"ah) n. [Heb. Noakh rest.] A patriarch of Biblical history, in the time of the Deluge.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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