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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Neutral  \Neu"tral\,  a.  [L.  neutralis,  fr  neuter.  See  {Neuter}.] 
  1.  Not  engaged  on  either  side  not  taking  part  with  or 
  assisting  either  of  two  or  more  contending  parties; 
  neuter;  indifferent. 
 
  The  heart  can  not  possibly  remain  neutral,  but 
  constantly  takes  part  one  way  or  the  other 
  --Shaftesbury. 
 
  2.  Neither  good  nor  bad  of  medium  quality;  middling;  not 
  decided  or  pronounced. 
 
  Some  things  good,  and  some  things  ill,  do  seem,  And 
  neutral  some  in  her  fantastic  eye.  --Sir  J. 
  Davies. 
 
  3.  (Biol.)  Neuter.  See  {Neuter},  a.,  3. 
 
  4.  (Chem.)  Having  neither  acid  nor  basic  properties;  unable 
  to  turn  red  litmus  blue  or  blue  litmus  red;  --  said  of 
  certain  salts  or  other  compounds.  Contrasted  with  {acid}, 
  and  {alkaline}. 
 
  {Neutral  axis},  {Neutral  surface}  (Mech.),  that  line  or 
  plane,  in  a  beam  under  transverse  pressure,  at  which  the 
  fibers  are  neither  stretched  nor  compressed,  or  where  the 
  longitudinal  stress  is  zero.  See  {Axis}. 
 
  {Neutral  equilibrium}  (Mech.),  the  kind  of  equilibrium  of  a 
  body  so  placed  that  when  moved  slighty  it  neither  tends  to 
  return  to  its  former  position  not  depart  more  widely  from 
  it  as  a  perfect  sphere  or  cylinder  on  a  horizontal  plane. 
 
 
  {Neutral  salt}  (Chem.),  a  salt  formed  by  the  complete 
  replacement  of  the  hydrogen  in  an  acid  or  base;  in  the 
  former  case  by  a  positive  or  basic,  in  the  latter  by  a 
  negative  or  acid,  element  or  radical. 
 
  {Neutral  tint},  a  bluish  gray  pigment,  used  in  water  colors, 
  made  by  mixing  indigo  or  other  blue  some  warm  color.  the 
  shades  vary  greatly. 
 
  {Neutral  vowel},  the  vowel  element  having  an  obscure  and 
  indefinite  quality,  such  as  is  commonly  taken  by  the  vowel 
  in  many  unaccented  syllables.  It  is  regarded  by  some  as 
  identical  with  the  [u^]  in  up  and  is  called  also  the 
  {natural  vowel},  as  unformed  by  art  and  effort.  See  Guide 
  to  Pronunciation,  [sect]  17. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Neutral  \Neu"tral\,  n. 
  A  person  or  a  nation  that  takes  no  part  in  a  contest  between 
  others  one  who  is  neutral. 
 
  The  neutral,  as  far  as  commerce  extends,  becomes  a 
  party  in  the  war.  --R.  G. 
  Harper. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  neutral 
  adj  1:  neither  moral  nor  immoral;  neither  good  nor  evil,  right  nor 
  wrong 
  2:  having  no  personal  preference;  "impersonal  criticism";  "a 
  neutral  observer"  [syn:  {impersonal}] 
  3:  (chemistry)  having  only  a  limited  ability  to  react 
  chemically;  not  active;  "inert  matter";  "an  indifferent 
  chemical  in  a  reaction"  [syn:  {inert},  {indifferent}] 
  4:  not  supporting  or  favoring  either  side  in  a  war,  dispute,  or 
  contest 
  5:  (physics)  having  no  net  electric  charge;  not  electrified 
  [syn:  {electroneutral}]  [ant:  {positive},  {negative}] 
  6:  lacking  hue;  "neutral  colors  like  back  or  white" 
  7:  of  no  distinctive  quality  or  characteristics  or  type  [ant:  {positive}, 
  {negative}] 
  8:  lacking  distinguishing  quality  or  characteristics;  "a 
  neutral  personality  that  made  no  impression  whatever" 
  n  :  one  who  does  not  side  with  any  party  in  a  war  or  dispute 




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