- Nothing, especially as the score in certain games; zero: they beat us three-nilMore example sentences
nothing, none; nought, zero, 0; Tennis love; Cricket a duck; Northern English nowtNorth American • informal zip, nada, a goose eggnull character• literary null• dated cipher• archaic naught
- They were winning by eight points to nil until Ronan Conway scored the only goal of the game well into injury time.
- After the home side led at the break by a goal to nil, the visitors scored two early goals at the start of the second half to put them in the driving seat.
- Vikings started strongly but were unable to convert and so the game was locked at nil all in the first half.
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- Non-existent: his chance of survival was virtually nilMore example sentences
- Unlike losing golf balls, the chances of any further payments are virtually nil.
- Like all ideas that involve huge spending today to save money tomorrow, it has been spent to nil effect.
- There was nil wind on the ground, but I had a perfect two-stepper landing.
mid 19th century: from Latin, contraction of nihil 'nothing'.