1 adv You use nowhere to emphasize that a place has more of a particular quality than any other places, or that it is the only place where something happens or exists.
ADV with be, ADV after v, oft ADV cl/group (emphasis)
Nowhere is language a more serious issue than in Hawaii..., This kind of forest exists nowhere else in the world..., If you are extremely rich, you could stay nowhere better than the Ruislip Court Hotel.
2 adv You use nowhere when making negative statements to say that a suitable place of the specified kind does not exist.
be ADV, ADV after v, usu ADV to-inf, ADV adj/-ed to-inf
There was nowhere to hide and nowhere to run..., I have nowhere else to go, nowhere in the world..., He had nowhere to call home.
3 adv You use nowhere to indicate that something or someone cannot be seen or found.
be ADV, oft ADV to-inf, ADV adv/prep
Michael glanced anxiously down the corridor, but Wilfred was nowhere to be seen..., The escaped prisoner was nowhere in sight...
4 adv You can use nowhere to refer in a general way to small, unimportant, or uninteresting places.
ADV after v, from/to ADV
...endless paths that led nowhere in particular., ...country roads that go from nowhere to nowhere.
5 adv If you say that something or someone appears from nowhere or out of nowhere, you mean that they appear suddenly and unexpectedly.
from/out of ADV
A car came from nowhere, and I had to jump back into the hedge just in time..., Houses had sprung up out of nowhere on the hills.
6 adv You use nowhere to mean not in any part of a text, speech, or argument.
ADV before v, be ADV, oft ADV prep (emphasis)
He nowhere offers concrete historical background to support his arguments..., Point taken, but nowhere did we suggest that this yacht's features were unique..., The most important issue for most ordinary people was nowhere on the proposed agenda.
7 If you say that a place is in the middle of nowhere, you mean that it is a long way from other places.
in the middle of nowhere phrase usu PHR after v, v-link PHR
At dusk we pitched camp in the middle of nowhere.
8 If you say that you are getting nowhere, or getting nowhere fast, or that something is getting you nowhere, you mean that you are not achieving anything or having any success.
be getting nowhere phrase V inflects
My mind won't stop going round and round on the same subject and I seem to be getting nowhere..., `Getting nowhere fast,' pronounced Crosby, `that's what we're doing.'..., Oh, stop it! This is getting us nowhere.
9 If you use nowhere near in front of a word or expression, you are emphasizing that the real situation is very different from, or has not yet reached, the state which that word or expression suggests.
nowhere near phrase
He's nowhere near recovered yet from his experiences..., The chair he sat in was nowhere near as comfortable as the custom-designed one behind his desk.