Webster 1913 Edition
nuisance, fr. L.
nocereto hurt, harm; akin to
necareto kill. Cf
That which annoys or gives trouble and vexation; that which is offensive or noxious.
☞ Nuisances are public when they annoy citizens in general; private, when they affect individuals only.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.That which annoys or gives trouble and vexation; that which is offensive or noxious. A liar is a nusance to society.
2.In law, that which incommodes or annoys; something that produces inconvenience or damage. Nusances are public or private; public, when they annoy citizens in general, as obstructions of the highway; private, when they affect individuals only, as when one man erects a house so near his neighbor's as to throw the water off the roof upon his neighbor's land or house, or to intercept the light that his neighbor before enjoyed.