nor /nɔː, nə/


I. conjunction, adverb

1. used before the second or further of two or more alternatives (the first being introduced by a negative such as ‘neither’ or ‘not’) to indicate that they are each untrue or each do not happen

they were neither cheap nor convenient
the sheets were never washed, nor the towels, nor his shirts.
2. [as adv.] literary term for neither:

nor God nor demon can undo the done.
3. used to introduce a further negative statement

‘I don’t see how.’ ‘Nor do I.’.
4. [ conjunction or prep.]
‹dialect› than

she thinks she knows better nor me.
II. noun (usu. NOR)

[Electronics] a Boolean operator which gives the value one if and only if all operands have a value of zero and otherwise has a value of zero.
2. (also NOR gate)
[Electronics] a circuit which produces an output signal only when there are no signals on any of the input connections.
– origin Middle English: contraction of Old English nother ‘neither’.

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