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Glossary of ringing terms – N

Last updated on: 05-December-2016

Words or phrases underlined are defined within the glossary. Where it assists with clarity, a definition is annotated to indicate a part of speech. (n) = noun, (vb) = verb, (adj) = adjective, (adv) = adverb. Section references refer to sections within The Tower Handbook.  


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Name
The part of a method's title given to it by whoever named it, ie other than its type class or stage.
Named row
A row with a name, eg Rounds, Queens, Tittums, ...
Natural coursing order
The coursing order in a (plain course) of methods with Plain Bob lead heads (formerly called a regular).
Natural position
Alternative name for home position.
Nature (of rows)
A row is odd or even depending on whether it can be derived from rounds by an odd or even number of pairs of bells being interchanged
Near
(1) A place (or combination of places and dodges) made in an adjacent position (especially in Double Norwich) eg 34 is near but 56 is far when leaving the front to go up.
(2) the place nearer the direction of approach when a series of places is made in adjacent positions.
Near miss
A row differing from another row by an adjacent pair of bells being swapped , and therefore musically suggesting it. eg 21345678, 13245678, ... are near misses of rounds.
Next
(1) Clarification added to some calls. eg 'Go next', 'Stand next'. The latter can help avoid confusion, since 'rounds' can easily be mistaken for 'Stand', but not 'stand next'.
(2) Call used to initiate change to the next row in a predetermined sequence of call changes known by the band or written on lists in front of them. Also 'change'.
Nine tailors
(1) A book by Dorothy L Sayers.
(2) Corruption of Nine tellers
Nine tellers
Nine strokes tolled in groups of three to announce the death of a man in earlier times.
Nominal
Part of the sound of a bell, a note an octave above the strike note. See tuning
Non conducted
A touch, usually a peal, in which no one calls any of the calls. Each ringer is responsible for remembering how the composition affects his or her own bell.
Non method block
A block of changes other than a method. Controversially introduced to the Central Council Decisions in 2014.
Norwich
Right place  Surprise  method. Basic stage is Minor, which is popular.
Norwich places
Two pairs of adjacent places separated by a dodge with the Treble, (as in Norwich but not to be confused with court places in Double Norwich).
Norwich group
Group of Surprise   Minor  methods that have the same work above the Treble as Norwich. Also called Westminster group.
Nottingham eight
Popular set of eight Surprise Major methods (alternative to the standard eight): Cambridge, Superlative, London, Bristol, Glasgow, Cassiobury, Cornwall, Lessness – composed by Richard I Alton
Notation
Style of setting out a composition See figure 15.3-1 to 6
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