אַֽיִן ᴵ 1 nothing, naught, non-existence. 2 expressing negation (as specified in the following examples). — אֵין preceding a gen. means ‘without’ or ‘less’, as in אֵין אוֹנִים (= powerless, helpless), אֵין קֵץ (= endless). — אֵין with prepositions: בְּאֵין (= in lack of, without), לְאֵין (= so that not, without), מֵאֵין (= from lack of, for want of). — אַיִן and אֵין◌ in most cases negate the whole sentence and are to be translated ‘there is not’, ‘there are not’, ‘there were not’, etc. — אֵין לִי, אֵין לְךּ, etc. mean ‘I have not’, ‘thou hast not’. —אֵין לְ◌ with following inf. usually means ‘it is not possible to’, or ‘it is not allowed to’. [Related to Moabite אן, Akka. iānu (= is not, is not existing), īnu (= nothing), Ethiop. en, and according to Gesenius to Arab. ayn (= weariness).] Derivatives: אין, אֵינוּת. cp. מֵאֵין and the first element in אֵינְסוֹף.