nth

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nth / en[unvoicedth]/ • adj. Math. denoting an unspecified member of a series of numbers or enumerated items: systematic sampling by taking every nth name from the list. ∎  (in general use) denoting an unspecified item or instance in a series, typically the last or latest in a long series: for the nth time that day they were forced to relate the whole story. PHRASES: to the nth degree to the utmost: the gullibility of the electorate was tested to the nth degree by such promises.