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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nothing \Noth"ing\, n. [From no, a. + thing.]
   1. Not anything; no thing (in the widest sense of the word
      thing); -- opposed to anything and something.
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            Yet had his aspect nothing of severe. --Dryden.
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   2. Nonexistence; nonentity; absence of being; nihility;
      nothingness. --Shak.
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   3. A thing of no account, value, or note; something
      irrelevant and impertinent; something of comparative
      unimportance; utter insignificance; a trifle.
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            Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought.
                                                  --Is. xli. 24.
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            'T is nothing, says the fool; but, says the friend,
            This nothing, sir, will bring you to your end.
                                                  --Dryden.
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   4. (Arith.) A cipher; naught.
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   Nothing but, only; no more than. --Chaucer.

   To make nothing of.
      (a) To make no difficulty of; to consider as trifling or
          important. "We are industrious to preserve our bodies
          from slavery, but we make nothing of suffering our
          souls to be slaves to our lusts." --Ray.
      (b) Not to understand; as, I could make nothing of what he
          said.
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