Amber vs Null - What's the difference?

amber | null |

As nouns the difference between amber and null

is that amber is bucket while null is zero, nil; the cardinal number before einn.



(wikipedia amber)


  • (obsolete) Ambergris, the waxy product of the sperm whale.
  • * 1526 , The Grete Herball :
  • Ambre is hote and drye Some say that it is the sparme of a whale.
  • * 1579 , The Booke of Simples'', fol. 56 (contained in ''Bulleins Bulwarke of Defence against all Sicknesse, Soarnesse, and Woundes ):
  • As for Amber Grice, or Amber Cane, which ist most sweet myngled with other sweete thynges: some say it commeth from the rocks of the Sea. Some say it is gotten by a fish called Azelum , which feedeth upon Amber Grece, and dyeth, which is taken by cunnyng fishers and the belly opened, and this precious Amber found in hym.
  • * 1600 , John Pory (translator), A Geographical Historie of Africa (original by Leo Africanus), page 344:
  • The head of this fish is as hard as stone. The inhabitants of the Ocean sea coast affirme that this fish casteth foorth Amber'; but whether the said ' Amber be the sperma or the excrement thereof, they cannot well determine.
  • * 1717 , (Lady Mary Wortley Montagu), letter, 18 Apr 1717:
  • Slaves perfum'd the air with Amber , Aloes wood, and other Scents.
  • A hard, generally yellow to brown translucent fossil resin, used for jewellery. One variety, , appears blue rather than yellow under direct sunlight.
  • * 1594 — Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Act IV, Scene III :
  • With scarfs and fans and double change of bravery,
    With amber bracelets, beads, and all this knavery.
  • * 1594 — Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act II, Scene II :
  • Slanders, sir: for the satirical rogue says here that old men have grey beards, that their faces are wrinkled, their eyes purging thick amber and plum-tree gum and that they have a plentiful lack of wit.
  • * 1637', ''Monro, his expedition with the Worthy Scots Regiment (called Mac-Keys Regiment)'', republished in ' 1999 (ISBN 0275962679), page 102:
  • To shew this by example, we reade of Sabina Poppcea, to whom nothing was wanting , but shame and honestie, being extremely beloved of Nero, had the colour of her haire yellow, like Amber , which Nero esteemed much of, .
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-03
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  • A brownish yellow colour.
  • (British) The intermediate light in a set of three traffic lights, which when illuminated indicates that drivers should stop short of the intersection if it is safe to do so.
  • * 1974 , Traffic Planning and Engineering , page 366:
  • While earlier controllers provided concurrent ambers , present practice is to indicate a minimum intergreen period of 4 s.
  • * 2000 , in the Journal of Traffic Engineering & Control , volume 41, page 201:
  • Also flashing ambers are not operational at this type of crossing.
  • * 2004 January 14, "AZGuy" (username), "Turn Signal Research shows amber no more effective then red", in, Usenet :
  • >Problem: Red-red signals are too time consuming when traffic density is higher.
    I don't find them time consuming at all. I find them identical to ambers .
  • (biology, genetics, biochemistry) The stop codon (nucleotide triplet) "UAG", or a mutant which has this stop codon at a premature place in its DNA sequence.
  • an amber codon'', ''an amber mutation'', ''an amber suppressor
  • * 2007 , Molecular Genetics of Bacteria , edition 3, page 333:
  • For example, to cross a temperature-sensitive mutation with an amber' mutation, ' amber suppressor cells are infected at the low (permissive) temperature.
  • * 2007 , Jonathan C. Kuhn, Detection of Salmonella by Bacteriophage Felix 01'', in ''Salmonella: Methods and Protocols , pages 27–28:
  • Double ambers revert at 10-8-10-9, and therefore, reversion is negligible. Double-amber mutants are made by crossing single-amber mutants with each other.


    * (intermediate light in a set of three traffic lights) yellow (US) * ambergris


    * (intermediate light in a set of three traffic lights) red, green

    Derived terms

    * Amber * ambeer * ambered * amber fluid * amber gambler * ambering * amberjack * amber liquid * amber nectar * amberoid


    (en adjective)
  • Of a brownish yellow colour, like that of most amber.
  • * 2006 , Jeffrey Archer, False Impression , page 270:
  • They all moved safely through the first green and then the second, but when the third light turned amber Jack's taxi was the last to cross the intersection.
  • * 2008 , Elizabeth Amber, Raine: The Lords of Satyr , page 211:
  • Ahead, a cool breeze swept the pale morning sun across a grassy meadow turned amber by morning's frost.


    (en verb)
  • (rare) To perfume or flavour with ambergris.
  • ambered''' wine'', ''an '''ambered room
  • (rare) To preserve in amber.
  • an ambered fly
  • (transitive, rare, chiefly, poetic, or, literary) To cause to take on the yellow colour of amber.
  • * 1885 , America the Beautiful ;
  • For purple mountains majesty; for amber waves of grain .
  • * 2007 , Phil Rickman, Fabric of Sin: A Merrily Watkins Mystery ;
  • Home to the mosaic of coloured-lit windows in the black and white houses, the fake gas lamps ambering the cobbles, sometimes the scent of applewood smoke.
  • * 2008 , Jeri Westerson, Veil of Lies: A Medieval Noir :
  • The firelight flickered on her rounded cheeks, ambering the pale skin.
  • (intransitive, rare, chiefly, poetic, or, literary) To take on the yellow colour of amber.
  • * 2009 , Jack Wennerstrom, Black Coffee , page 19:
  • Westward along Lancaster Avenue, among the stone walls and broad driveways of imposing old houses—their lawns dappled with the shade of ambering maples and dusty, bark-peeled sycamores—
  • * 2011 , Tim Powers, On Stranger Tides :
  • [T]hough many of the pirates protested against these energetic activities[,] he was only pleasantly tired when the lowering, ambering sun began to bounce needles of gold glare off the waves ahead;

    See also

    * electrum * succinic * succinic acid * traffic light *








    (en noun)
  • A non-existent or empty value or set of values.
  • Zero]] quantity of [[expression, expressions; nothing.
  • (Francis Bacon)
  • Something that has no force or meaning.
  • (computing) the ASCII or Unicode character (), represented by a zero value, that indicates no character and is sometimes used as a string terminator.
  • (computing) the attribute of an entity that has no valid value.
  • Since no date of birth was entered for the patient, his age is null .
  • One of the beads in nulled work.
  • (statistics) null hypothesis
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Having no validity, "null and void"
  • insignificant
  • * 1924 , Marcel Proust, Within a Budding Grove :
  • In proportion as we descend the social scale our snobbishness fastens on to mere nothings which are perhaps no more null than the distinctions observed by the aristocracy, but, being more obscure, more peculiar to the individual, take us more by surprise.
  • absent or non-existent
  • (mathematics) of the null set
  • (mathematics) of or comprising a value of precisely zero
  • (genetics, of a mutation) causing a complete loss of gene function, amorphic.
  • Derived terms

    * nullity


    (en verb)
  • to nullify; to annul
  • (Milton)

    See also

    * nil ----