Na"ked(n"kd), a. [AS. nacod; akin to D. naakt, G. nackt, OHG. nacchot, nahhot, Icel. nkvir, nakinn, Sw. naken, Dan. ngen, Goth. naqas, Lith. ngas, Russ. nagii, L. nudus, Skr. nagna. 266. Cf. Nude.]
1. Having no clothes on; uncovered; nude; bare; as, a
naked body; a
naked limb; a
2. Having no means of defense or protection; open; unarmed; defenseless; as,
naked to invasion.
Had I but served my God with half the zealKing Henry VIII., Act iii. sc. 2 (Shakespeare)
I served my king, he would not in mine age
Have left me naked to mine enemies.
Thy power is full naked.Chaucer.
Behold my bosom naked to your swords.Addison.
3. Unprovided with needful or desirable accessories, means of sustenance, etc.; destitute; unaided; bare.
Patriots who had exposed themselves for the public, and whom they saw now left naked.Milton.
4. Without addition, exaggeration, or excuses; not concealed or disguised; open to view; manifest; plain.
The truth appears so naked on my side, That any purblind eye may find it out.Shak.
All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.Heb. iv. 13.
5. Mere; simple; plain; as, the
The very naked name of love.Shak.
(Bot.) Without pubescence; as, a
naked leaf or stem; bare, or not covered by the customary parts, as a flower without a perianth, a stem without leaves, seeds without a pericarp, buds without bud scales.
(Mus.) Not having the full complement of tones; -- said of a chord of only two tones, which requires a third tone to be sounded with them to make the combination pleasing to the ear; as, a
naked fourth or fifth.
Naked bed, a bed the occupant of which is naked, no night linen being worn in ancient times.
Naked eye, the eye alone, unaided by eyeglasses, or by telescope, microscope, or other magnifying device. --
(Zol.) See Hydromedusa. --
(Carp.), the timberwork which supports a floor.
(Zol.), a nudibranch. --
(Bot.), a large rhamnaceous tree (Colibrina reclinata) of Southern Florida and the West Indies, having a hard and heavy heartwood, which takes a fine polish.
C. S. Sargent.
Syn. -- Nude; bare; denuded; uncovered; unclothed; exposed; unarmed; plain; defenseless.
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