nasal

noun
na·​sal | \ ˈnā-zəl \

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 \ noun
nasally \ ˈnā-​zə-​lē , 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

That could be related to asthma or chronic nasal congestion (both of which may narrow and irritates your airways), large tonsils, or excess weight in certain areas around the upper airways. Korin Miller, SELF, "Houston Astros Pitcher Josh James Discovered His 'Laziness' Was Actually a Symptom of Sleep Apnea," 19 Oct. 2018 At age 6, Dakota Fanning was very likely one of the only kids on the block playing with a medical neck brace and plastic nasal tubes. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "Dakota Fanning: From pint-sized guest star to strong-willed boundary pusher on 'The Alienist'," 23 Mar. 2018 Dealing with possible side effects from the flu shot or nasal spray is much, much better than coming down with the actual flu itself. Korin Miller, SELF, "No, Flu Shot Side Effects Don’t Mean That the Vaccine Gave You the Flu," 20 Nov. 2018 There have been no studies more recent than the old ones cited by Breathe and others, except for a few on nasal sprays, which exist in prescription form. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "These new vape companies want you to inhale ... vitamins," 24 Oct. 2018 Both organizations urge everyone 6 months or older (with a few exceptions) to get a flu shot — at this point, the AAP recommends the shot over the FluMist nasal spray (LAIV4), which wasn't as effective as the shot last year. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Flu Symptoms in Kids Come Suddenly, But You Can Act Fast If You Know What to Look For," 19 Oct. 2018 This year, the flu vaccine is available via a shot or nasal spray. Korin Miller, SELF, "One Child in Florida Already Died From the Flu This Season," 16 Oct. 2018 Among the telltale symptoms: a persistent year-round wet cough, nasal congestion and frequent respiratory infections. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "The girl who couldn't stop coughing," 5 Apr. 2018 Auto-Tune; hip-hop; and the nasal, narcotized, dispirited voices of SoundCloud rap compete with, and often out-stream, the kind of soulful vocal storytelling that would have had Ms. Aguilera flourishing in previous eras. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Christina Aguilera Exults in Her Voice on ‘Liberation’," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Filler Nose Job Service: Temporary hyaluronic filler to correct nasal imbalances. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "17 Over-the-Top Beauty Treatments to Try Before Your Wedding Day," 13 Dec. 2018 All states have laws that encourage access to the drug, which comes in a shot and as a nasal mist, and most allow pharmacy sale without a prescription. Laura Ungar, USA TODAY, "Surgeon General's advisory: More should carry antidote to counter opioid overdoses," 5 Apr. 2018 Not only is the action of the play, which unfolds in a fluorescent-lighted warehouse, grotesquely comic in tone, but Mr. Esparza turns Ui-Hitler into a figure of fun (his whiny, nasal voice reminded me of Jerry Lewis). Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ Review: A Man of Führer Words," 29 Nov. 2018 Although the flu shot is often in the spotlight, the CDC is also recommending an additional form of the flu vaccine for this flu season: the nasal spray. Korin Miller, SELF, "No, Flu Shot Side Effects Don’t Mean That the Vaccine Gave You the Flu," 20 Nov. 2018 The biggest difference this season is that along with the flu shot, there is also a vaccine nasal spray available to anyone ages two to 49 who isn't pregnant. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Is It Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot? Experts Weigh In," 3 Oct. 2018 The nasal-spray drug works much more quickly than other antidepressants and likely will be a big seller if approved. Linda A. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Prescription drugs, lower taxes, power J&J 3Q beat," 16 Oct. 2018 Doctors recommend 12-hour or 24-hour Sudafed, or Afrin nasal spray. Brian Sumers, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Pop Your Ears on a Plane—And Why They Pop, Anyway," 10 Sep. 2018 For instance, Perrigo recently announced a licensing deal with Merck & Co. for the right to sell the over-the-counter version of Nasonex nasal spray in the U.S., granting Perrigo access to a roughly $200 million a year market. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Perrigo: Prescription Strength Value, Over-the-Counter Price," 6 Sep. 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

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 \ adverb

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