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Meaning of GNAT

Pronunciation:  nat

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  British usage
  2. [n]  any of various small biting flies: midges; biting midges; black flies; sand flies

GNAT is a 4 letter word that starts with G.


 See Also: biting midge, black fly, blackfly, buffalo gnat, dipteran, dipteron, dipterous insect, midge, mosquito, no-see-um, Phlebotomus papatasii, psychodid, punkey, punkie, punky, sand fly, sandfly, two-winged insects



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Gnat\, n. [AS. gn[ae]t.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) A blood-sucking dipterous fly, of the genus
   {Culex}, undergoing a metamorphosis in water. The females
   have a proboscis armed with needlelike organs for
   penetrating the skin of animals. These are wanting in the
   males. In America they are generally called mosquitoes.
   See {Mosquito}.

2. Any fly resembling a Culex in form or habits; esp., in
   America, a small biting fly of the genus {Simulium} and
   allies, as the buffalo gnat, the black fly, etc.

{Gnat catcher} (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of small
   American singing birds, of the genus {Polioptila}, allied
   to the kinglets.

{Gnat flower}, the bee flower.

{Gnat hawk} (Zo["o]l.), the European goatsucker; -- called
   also {gnat owl}.

{Gnat snapper} (Zo["o]l.), a bird that catches gnats.

{Gnat strainer}, a person ostentatiously punctilious about
   trifles. Cf. --Matt. xxiii. 24.

Computing Dictionary

An ada compiler written in ada using the gcc code generator to allow easy porting to a variety of platforms. Gnat is the only Ada compiler that completely implements the Ada standard, including all the annexes.

The compiler is released under the gnu license and is currently maintained by ada core technologies (ACT).


Easton Bible Dictionary

only in Matt. 23:24, a small two-winged stinging fly of the genus Culex, which includes mosquitoes. Our Lord alludes here to the gnat in a proverbial expression probably in common use, "who strain out the gnat;" the words in the Authorized Version, "strain at a gnat," being a mere typographical error, which has been corrected in the Revised Version. The custom of filtering wine for this purpose was common among the Jews. It was founded on Lev. 11:23. It is supposed that the "lice," Ex. 8:16 (marg. R.V., "sand-flies"), were a species of gnat.

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