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neutral

1. Politics of, belonging to, or appropriate to a neutral party, country, etc.
2. (of a colour such as white or black) having no hue; achromatic
3. a less common term for neuter (sense 1)
4. Chem neither acidic nor alkaline
5. Physics having zero charge or potential
6. Rare having no magnetism
7. a citizen of a neutral state
8. the position of the controls of a gearbox that leaves the transmission disengaged

neutral

[′nü·trəl]
(chemistry)
Property of a solution which is neither acidic nor basic, having the same concentration of hydrogen ions as water.
(electricity)
Referring to the absence of a net electric charge.
(mechanical engineering)
That setting in an automotive transmission in which all the gears are disengaged and the output shaft is disconnected from the drive wheels.
References in classic literature ?
Whether it was that they were meeting on neutral ground to-night, or whether the carelessness of an old grey coat that Denham wore gave an ease to his bearing that he lacked in conventional dress, Katharine certainly felt no impulse to consider him outside the particular set in which she lived.
She looked about her as if she had called up a legion of human beings, all hostile and all disagreeable, who encircled the table, with mouths gaping for blood, and made it appear a little island of neutral country in the midst of the enemy's country.
not at all with a defiant air, but in a low, muffled, neutral tone, as of a voice heard through cotton wool) that she did not wish "to enjoy their good opinion.
The Germans among us might kill all the English, or the English might kill the last German, without affecting in the slightest degree either the outcome of even the smallest skirmish upon the western front or the opinion of a single individual in any belligerent or neutral country.
Frankly, this man as an open enemy today could bring more harm upon us than if any neutral Power you could name were to join the Triple Alliance.
They said, with the same dreary grace of manner, "Very sorry to go"; they drove to the railway, arrayed in the same perfect traveling suits of neutral tint; and they had but one difference of opinion among them--each firmly believed that he was smoking the best cigar to be got in London.
Of the five guests, two were middle-aged gentlemen belonging to that large, but indistinct, division of the human family whom the hand of Nature has painted in unobtrusive neutral tint.
You mean to say," replied Barbicane, "to attain that neutral point where the terrestrial and lunar attractions are equal; for, starting from that point, situated about nine-tenths of the distance traveled over, the projectile would simply fall upon the moon, on account of its weight.
Hence the neutral territory between two representative species is generally narrow in comparison with the territory proper to each.
After having passed an unmolested night, in what would appear to be neutral territory between Jemmy's tribe and the people whom we saw yesterday, we sailed pleasantly along.
And there is a neutral state which is neither pleasure nor pain?
A truce, nevertheless, was at length agreed on, by the mediation of the neutral parties, and the whole company again sat down at the table; where Jones being prevailed on to ask pardon, and Blifil to give it, peace was restored, and everything seemed