Meaning of N in English
transcription, транскрипция: [ /N/ quant. ]
1. A large and indeterminate number of objects: "There were N bugs in that crock!" Also used in its original sense of a variable name: "This crock has N bugs, as N goes to infinity." (The true number of bugs is always at least N + 1; see Lubarsky's Law of Cybernetic Entomology .) 2. A variable whose value is inherited from the current context. For example, when a meal is being ordered at a restaurant, N may be understood to mean however many people there are at the table. From the remark "We'd like to order N wonton soups and a family dinner for N - 1" you can deduce that one person at the table wants to eat only soup, even though you don't know how many people there are (see great-wall ). 3. `Nth': adj. The ordinal counterpart of N, senses 1 and 2. "Now for the Nth and last time ... " In the specific context "Nth-year grad student", N is generally assumed to be at least 4, and is usually 5 or more (see tenured graduate student ). See also random numbers , two-to-the-N .
Jargon File English vocabulary. Английский словарь жаргона. 2012