(noun) egg or young of an insect parasitic on mammals especially a sucking louse; often attached to a hair or item of clothing


(noun) a luminance unit equal to 1 candle per square meter measured perpendicular to the rays from the source

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


nit (plural nits)

The egg of a louse.

A young louse.

(UK, Ireland, slang) A head louse regardless of its age.

(UK, slang) A fool, a nitwit.

A nitpicker.

A minor shortcoming.


• dickies (Geordie)


nit (third-person singular simple present nits, present participle nitting, simple past and past participle nitted)

(Multicultural London English) To have the modus vivendi of a drug addict, to live the life of a nitty.

Etymology 2


nit (plural nits)

A candela per square meter.

Etymology 3


nit (plural nits)

synonym of nat (logarithmic unit of information)


• INT, ITN, TIN, i'n't, in't, int, int., tin

Source: Wiktionary

Nit, n. Etym: [AS. hnitu; akin to D. neet, G. niss, OHG. niz; cf. gr. gnit, Sw. gnet, Dan. gnid, Russ. & Pol. gnida, Bohem. hnida, W. nedd.] (Zoöl.)

Definition: The egg of a louse or other small insect. Nit grass (Bot.), a pretty annual European grass (Gastridium lendigerum), with small spikelets somewhat resembling a nit. It is also found in California and Chili.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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