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

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Other Words from nasal

Adjective

nasality \ nā-​ˈza-​lə-​tē How to pronounce nasality (audio) \ noun
nasally \ ˈnā-​zə-​lē How to pronounce nasally (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 The availability of the saliva test -- a spit test that isn’t invasive like the standard nasal swab -- will also help officials find people who are infected. oregonlive, "Portland wastewater screening, community testing will attempt to head off coronavirus outbreaks," 19 Nov. 2020 The viral test, conducted with a shallow nasal swab, checks for active infections and produces results in three days. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Schools districts countywide ramping up COVID-19 testing as students, staff return," 18 Nov. 2020 The vast majority require a nasal swab performed by a health professional and must be processed at laboratories using high-tech testing equipment. CBS News, "FDA grants first emergency use authorization for at-home rapid coronavirus test," 18 Nov. 2020 The vast majority require a nasal swab performed by a health professional and must be processed at laboratories using high-tech testing equipment. Dallas News, "FDA allows 1st rapid virus test that gives results at home," 18 Nov. 2020 The second test, which happens on arrival at Heathrow, will be a nasal swab conducted by health workers at the airport. Danica Kirka, USA TODAY, "British Airways, American Airlines to begin voluntary COVID-19 testing plan," 18 Nov. 2020 The relatively straight-forward nasal swab can return results in about 30 minutes. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, November 18," 18 Nov. 2020 The test, which is performed using a nasal swab, can give users their results in 30 minutes or less. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The First At-Home COVID-19 Test Just Got FDA Authorization," 18 Nov. 2020 The tests, known as PCR tests, are administered with a nasal swab, and results are delivered electronically. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, "LAX launches on-site coronavirus testing for fliers," 17 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Computer modeling shows how nasal tubes could enhance low sounds. National Geographic, "DINOSAURS," 15 Sep. 2020 Wider nostrils prevent overheating, while narrow nasal holes more easily moisturize frigid, dry air. Popular Science, "Why your body looks so weird," 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, "COVID-19, smell and taste – how is COVID-19 different from other respiratory diseases?," 4 June 2020 The nose can experience burning, nasal mucosal swelling and a running nose. USA Today, "Going to protest George Floyd's death? Here's how to protect yourself against tear gas, pepper spray," 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, "Chuck’s Food Shack: 6 barbecue sauces should be in your cookout tool kit," 25 May 2020 Because our teeming abdominal and nasal rain forests are of course contending with a stranger: SARS-CoV-2. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, "Metaphors Matter in a Time of Pandemic," 19 May 2020 It is found in many consumer products — such as skin antiseptics, wound wash sprays, cold sore treatments, hand sanitizers and as a preservative in eye, ear and nasal drops. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Ann Arbor company says its nasal antiseptic can kill coronavirus," 12 May 2020 Symptoms include fever or chills, a cough, fatigue, body aches, muscle or joint pain, shortness of breath, sore throat, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, nasal congestion or loss of taste or smell. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know for May 11," 11 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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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Nasal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nasal. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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 nasally (audio) \ adverb

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