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national monument a natural landmark or historic site maintained and preserved by a national government for public enjoyment or use.
national park a large area of scenic beauty, or historic or scientific interest, maintained and preserved by a national government for public use and enjoyment.
National Park Service an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior that manages National Parks, National Monuments, and other such property. [2 definitions]
national seashore a seacoast area maintained and protected by a national government.
national sovereignty the right or power of a nation-state to govern itself, with independence from outside control.
National Weather Service an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that compiles data on weather conditions and issues weather warnings.
Nation of Islam an organization, mainly of U.S. blacks, that espouses the religious and ethical doctrines of Islam. (See Black Muslim.)
nation-state the modern autonomous nation, considered as a unit of political organization.
nationwide throughout or over the entire nation.
native being the place of birth or origin. [8 definitions]
Native American a member of any of the peoples who have lived in North, Central, or South America since the time before the Europeans arrived; American Indian. [2 definitions]
native-born connected to a specified place by birth.
nativism the practice that favors and preserves the interests of natives over those of more recent settlers.
nativity circumstances or place of being born; birth. [2 definitions]
NATO abbreviation of "North Atlantic Treaty Organization."
natty (informal) neat, well-groomed, and smartly dressed; dapper.
natural of, pertaining to, produced by, or existing in nature. [9 definitions]
natural-born citizen a person born in the United States or on foreign soil to two parents who are American citizens. Being a natural-born citizen is a requirement for becoming a U.S. president.
natural childbirth childbirth undergone without anesthesia or surgical aid, in preparation for which the expectant mother has often received instruction in the management of pain through breathing and relaxation exercises.
natural disaster a disaster, such as an earthquake, flood, or volcanic eruption, that is caused by natural rather than human forces and which destroys life and property.
natural gas a mixture of hydrocarbon gases occurring naturally in the earth's crust, usu. with petroleum deposits, that is used chiefly for fuel.