Definition of neutral in English:


Line breaks: neu|tral
Pronunciation: /ˈnjuːtr(ə)l


  • 3 Chemistry Neither acid nor alkaline; having a pH of about 7: a neutral solution neutral soil conditions
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    • Clematis prefer a neutral to slightly alkaline soil, so add lime if your soil is on the acidic side. Keep the roots shaded and the tops in sun.
    • Ideally, maples like neutral to acid soil with the addition of peat.
    • A litmus paper can be used to find out whether the soil is acidic, alkaline or neutral.
  • 4Having neither a positive nor negative electrical charge: live and neutral contacts on plugs
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    • And that is what it does, but because the proton has a positive charge and the neutron is neutral, the nucleus somehow has to get rid of a positive charge.
    • Positively charged cations are smaller than their neutral atoms because they lose electrons.
    • Use a neon circuit tester to verify the power is off by touching one lead to an exposed black wire and the other to a metal box or to the neutral wire.


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  • 1An impartial or unbiased state or person: Sweden and its fellow neutrals I attended the Cup Final as a neutral
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    • Wedgwood concedes that the U.S. government should ‘continue to respect the sovereignty of allies and neutrals.’
    • If you lie to an ally or a friendly neutral in a small matter, where you don't actually intend to declare war on him, you're sowing seeds of mistrust without gaining any great benefits.
    • Watching the Conservative Party leadership contest, political neutrals are unsure whether to laugh or cry.
  • 2 [mass noun] Pale grey, cream, or beige: classic shades of navy, white, and neutral
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    • Every splash of white or neutral is anchored by a dose of black.
    • Short or long sleeved, with ruffles or beadwork, in brights and neutrals, they were everywhere, adding extra oomph to halter dresses and fitted tops.
    • Sometimes brown can be used as a neutral and sometimes as a warm color.
  • 3 [mass noun] A disengaged position of gears in which the engine is disconnected from the driven parts: she slipped the gear into neutral
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    • He may be coasting down a hill with the gears in neutral and the engine switched off; he may be steering a vehicle which is being towed by another.
    • He hurriedly moved the gear in neutral and tried the emergency brake.
    • It decided to stay about two-thirds open, which gives a tidy shove forward, and the only thing I could do was select neutral and try and turn off an engine which was fast trying to grenade itself.
  • 4An electrically neutral point, terminal, conductor, or wire.
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    • Some boxes will have two bus bars, one for the ground wire, one for the neutral.
    • If the power quality anomaly seems to be confined to data and communication equipment, try for 0.25 ohm resistance levels for equipment grounds and neutrals.



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  • In this way, every problem can be explained objectively / neutrally.
  • Ask these questions as neutrally and open-mindedly as possible.
  • You have to ask yourself more neutrally and objectively how much information is required to program a complex system?


late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin neutralis 'of neuter gender', from Latin neuter (see neuter).

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