nasal

noun
na·​sal | \ ˈnā-zəl How to pronounce nasal (audio) \

Definition of nasal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the nosepiece of a helmet
2 : a nasal part
3 : a nasal consonant

nasal

adjective

Definition of nasal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the nose
2a : uttered with the soft palate lowered and with passage of air through the nose (as with \m\, \n\, \ŋ\, \ōⁿ\, or \aⁿ\)
b : characterized by resonance produced through the nose
3 of a musical tone : sharp, penetrating

Other Words from nasal

Adjective

nasality \ nā-​ˈza-​lə-​tē How to pronounce nasal (audio) \ noun
nasally \ ˈnā-​zə-​lē How to pronounce nasal (audio) , ˈnāz-​lē \ adverb

Examples of nasal in a Sentence

Adjective a bottle of nasal spray the nasal consonants and the nasal vowels in French Her voice is harsh and nasal.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Covid-hunters were cracking down a bit less: Vaccinated players and staff members could skip the nasal swab on off-days. Matt Sullivan, Rolling Stone, 18 Nov. 2021 In the Lombardy region of Italy, researchers found SARS-CoV-2 on the surface of the eyes in 52 out of 91 patients hospitalized with COVID in the spring of 2020, sometimes even when their nasal swab was negative. Emily Sohn, Scientific American, 17 Nov. 2021 Four of the Utah cats tested positive, while the fifth wouldn’t submit to a nasal swab. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Oct. 2021 According to the company, the test is a single-use nasal swab that can be used by people with or without COVID-19 symptoms Who can use it? Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Oct. 2021 That encouraged more students, who may have been hesitant about the uncomfortable and expensive nasal swab, to be tested more frequently. Claire Spinner, The Arizona Republic, 8 Oct. 2021 Like tests already available from Abbott, Quidel, Becton Dickinson and other makers, Acon’s test is made to detect antigens, proteins from the coronavirus, on a nasal swab, and produces results in 15 minutes. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Oct. 2021 The rapid tests offered by the state require a nasal swab that is then applied to the card and shows results 15 minutes later. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Oct. 2021 In severe cases, a hemorrhage of the skin, heart and gut is present along with bloody oral and nasal discharge, according to NPS. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 28 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The American’s words tumbled out in the distinctively nasal accent of someone from blue-collar Milwaukee. Longreads, Longreads, 2 Nov. 2021 Edwards is founder of FEND, a company that makes a nasal hygiene device that provides a mist for cleansing the upper airways to prevent disease-causing viruses from reaching deeper lung passages. Alice Park/tokyo, Time, 25 July 2021 Computer modeling shows how nasal tubes could enhance low sounds. National Geographic, 15 Sep. 2020 Wider nostrils prevent overheating, while narrow nasal holes more easily moisturize frigid, dry air. Popular Science, 9 June 2020 Common viral infections attack the nose more than the mouth Loss of smell is common with many viruses, including rhinoviruses, influenza, parainfluenza and coronaviruses, and it is normally attributed to nasal inflammation that restricts airflow. John E Hayes, The Conversation, 4 June 2020 The nose can experience burning, nasal mucosal swelling and a running nose. USA Today, 2 June 2020 Better Than Good Red Chile Garlic Bacon Jam: The splendid smell of bacon and garlic always takes me to a good place, so there was serious nasal nirvana after popping the lid. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, 25 May 2020 Because our teeming abdominal and nasal rain forests are of course contending with a stranger: SARS-CoV-2. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 19 May 2020

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First Known Use of nasal

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nasal

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from nes nose, from Latin nasus — more at nose

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Time Traveler for nasal

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The first known use of nasal was in the 14th century

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“Nasal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nasal. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for nasal

nasal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nasal

: of or relating to the nose
: produced by pushing air out through the nose when you speak
: producing nasal sounds

nasal

adjective
na·​sal | \ ˈnā-zəl How to pronounce nasal (audio) \

Kids Definition of nasal

1 : of or relating to the nose the nasal passages
2 : uttered with the nose passage open The consonants \m\, \n\, and \ŋ\ are nasal.

Other Words from nasal

nasally adverb

nasal

noun
na·​sal | \ ˈnā-zəl How to pronounce nasal (audio) \

Medical Definition of nasal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a nasal part (as a bone)

nasal

adjective

Medical Definition of nasal (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to the nose nasal inflammation

Other Words from nasal

nasally \ ˈnāz-​(ə-​)lē How to pronounce nasal (audio) \ adverb

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