nation


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to nation: standard

all nations

obsolete In a dram shop (a place that sold alcoholic beverages), the mixture of the remaining portions of distilled alcohol emptied and collected into a single container or vessel. It's a shame to see the all nations thrown away at the end of day, made up as it is of so many different drinks.
See also: all, nation

one nation

A country not separated by political ideologies or social inequalities. It is in times like these that we must stand together as one nation, putting aside our differences and banding together for the common good.
See also: nation, one

the gaiety of nations

The enjoyment and amusement of people around the world. The venerated actor has not only added to the gaiety of nations with his performances, but also been a key figure in raising money and awareness for some of the most important charities around the world.
See also: nation, of

the gaiety of nations

general cheerfulness or amusement. British
In The Lives of the English Poets, Samuel Johnson wrote about the death of the great actor David Garrick ( 1717–79 ), remarking that it ‘has eclipsed the gaiety of nations and impoverished the public stock of harmless pleasure’.
See also: nation, of

one nation

a nation not divided by social inequality.
One nation was a political slogan of the 1990s, associated especially with the debate between the right and left wings of the British Conservative Party.
See also: nation, one
References in classic literature ?
The representatives of the nations of the world, being present, all nations solemnly pledged themselves never to use against one another the laboratory methods of warfare they had employed in the invasion of China.
Many other plans of the nations of the earth were twisted and tangled and postponed for the same reason.
there see my country, there my nation!" I observed an extraordinary sense of pleasure appeared in his face, and his eyes sparkled, and his countenance discovered a strange eagerness, as if he had a mind to be in his own country again.
One day, walking up the same hill, but the weather being hazy at sea, so that we could not see the continent, I called to him, and said, "Friday, do not you wish yourself in your own country, your own nation?" "Yes," he said, "I be much O glad to be at my own nation." "What would you do there?" said I.
So far is it from the ordinary habits of mankind to calculate the importance of events in their elementary principles, that had the first colonists of our country ever intimated as a part of their designs the project of founding a great and mighty nation, the finger of scorn would have pointed them to the cells of Bedlam as an abode more suitable for hatching vain empires than the solitude of a transatlantic desert.
Of the various European settlements upon this continent, which have finally merged in one independent nation, the first establishments were made at various times, by several nations, and under the influence of different motives.
The bordering States, if any, will be those who, under the impulse of sudden irritation, and a quick sense of apparent interest or injury, will be most likely, by direct violence, to excite war with these nations; and nothing can so effectually obviate that danger as a national government, whose wisdom and prudence will not be diminished by the passions which actuate the parties immediately interested.
If this remark be just, it becomes useful to inquire whether so many JUST causes of war are likely to be given by UNITED AMERICA as by DISUNITED America; for if it should turn out that United America will probably give the fewest, then it will follow that in this respect the Union tends most to preserve the people in a state of peace with other nations.
Is it not (we may ask these projectors in politics) the true interest of all nations to cultivate the same benevolent and philosophic spirit?
Few nations, nevertheless, have been more frequently engaged in war; and the wars in which that kingdom has been engaged have, in numerous instances, proceeded from the people.
On its borders I trust we stand; and the throes that now convulse the nations are, to my hope, but the birth-pangs of an hour of universal peace and brotherhood.
It is one of the few social laws of which we are fairly sure, that a nation organizes in proportion to its velocity.
All this the telephone is doing, at a total cost to the nation of probably $200,000,000 a year-- no more than American farmers earn in ten days.
Regulation of the intercourse with foreign nations; 3.
Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversaries, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace; before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction.