Meaning of NEUTRAL in English

— neutrally , adv.

/nooh"treuhl, nyooh"-/ , adj.

1. not taking part or giving assistance in a dispute or war between others: a neutral nation during World War II.

2. not aligned with or supporting any side or position in a controversy: The arbitrator was absolutely neutral.

3. of or belonging to a neutral state or party: neutral territory.

4. of no particular kind, characteristics, etc.; indefinite: a neutral personality that made no impression whatever; a sex-neutral job title.

5. (of a color or shade)

a. gray; without hue; of zero chroma; achromatic.

b. matching well with many or most other colors or shades, as white or beige.

6. Bot. , Zool. neuter.

7. not causing or reflecting a change in something: It is believed that the new tax law will be revenue neutral.

8. Chem. exhibiting neither acid nor alkaline qualities: neutral salts.

9. Physics.

a. (of a particle) having no charge.

b. (of an atom, molecule, collection of particles, fluid, or solid) having no net charge; electroneutral; not electrified.

c. not magnetized.

10. Phonet. (of a vowel) pronounced with the tongue relaxed in a central position, as the a in alive; reduced.


11. a person or a nation that remains neutral, as in a controversy or war.

12. a citizen of a neutral nation during a war.

13. Mach. , Auto. the position or state of disengaged gears or other interconnecting parts: in neutral.

14. a neutral color.

[ 1400-50; late ME neutralis grammatically neuter. See NEUTER, -AL 1 ]

Syn. 2. impartial, disinterested, dispassionate, uninvolved, unbiased.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .