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NEAT, noun [Neat coincides with the root of need in elements, and if connected with it, the sense is a herd or collection, from crowding, pressing; but this is doubtful.]

1. Cattle of the bovine genus, as bulls, oxen and cows. In America, this word is used in composition, as in neats tongue, neats foot oil, and tautologically in neat cattle.

2. A single cow.

NEAT, adjective [Latin to shine, to be clean, fair or fine; pure, to purify, to winnow.]

1. Very clean; free from foul or extraneous matter; as neat clothes. The vessels are kept neat; the woman keeps her house very neat

2. Pure; free from impure words and phrases; as a neat style.

3. Cleanly; preserving neatness; as a neat woman.

4. Pure; unadulterated; as neat wine.

5. Free from tawdry appendages and well adjusted; as a neat dress.

6. Clear of the cask, case, bag, box, _ c. ; as neat weight. It is usually written net or nett.