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 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 The patient for whom those lungs were meant to be lifesaving—a woman with chronic obstructive lung disease—also tested negative for COVID-19, in a nasal swab taken 12 hours before her surgery. Benjamin Mazer, The Atlantic, "The Doctors Who Bet Their Patients’ Lives on COVID-19 Test Results," 11 May 2021 The Oscars red carpet was full-on glam, but this year, the stars added a few extra steps to their getting-ready routine (Reese Witherspoon getting a nasal swab, anyone?). PEOPLE.com, "How the Stars Brought Their 'A Game' to Hollywood's Biggest Night," 26 Apr. 2021 Instead of a bouncer, I was greeted at Park Avenue Armory with a shallow nasal swab—the mandatory rapid COVID test given to every attendee. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "I Broke My Dancing Dry Spell in a Room with 99 Strangers and the Spirit of David Byrne," 21 Apr. 2021 The new tests combine the speed of the current rapid antigen tests, which are known to be inaccurate, with the reliability of the nasal-swab PCR tests, which can take days to generate results. al, "COVID test that’s fast and accurate arrives in Alabama," 5 Apr. 2021 That involves a nurse coming to your room and giving you a quick nasal swab for a rapid test. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "I Stayed in a 'Resort Bubble' in Hawaii — Here's What It's Really Like," 3 Apr. 2021 Campbell’s test is less sensitive than the gold-standard PCR alternative that typically involves a nasal swab, but is reliable in identifying COVID-19 in infectious individuals, particularly those with a high viral load. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "An $11 saliva test for COVID-19 helped dozens of Chicago-area schools reopen. So why are administrators scrambling to defend it now?," 2 Apr. 2021 So when McCoy, the gray Irish sport horse gelding, which Dr. Allen imported for his wife, Dr. Rae Stone, spiked a fever shortly after arriving on American soil last month, Dr. Allen whipped out a nasal swab. New York Times, "An Equine Virus Alarms Europe’s Equestrian Community," 2 Apr. 2021 The Abbott kit comes with a nasal swab, reagent solution and a test card. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "'More confidence about the results': FDA authorizes two rapid COVID-19 tests for home screening," 1 Apr. 2021 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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15 May 2021

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“Nasal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nasal. Accessed 18 May. 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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