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 nasal swab tests will produce results within 10 minutes. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "States test at-home COVID-19 testing program," 28 Apr. 2021 Time of day may affect coronavirus test results: The accuracy of the gold-standard PCR nasal swab tests may vary by time of day, according to new research. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus updates from the Bay Area: March 11-17, 2021," 20 Mar. 2021 The results of the first round of nasal swab tests, available on Feb. 27, showed that nearly 3% of the population had been infected. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, "'Alone': How Italian town with 1st known virus death fared," 19 Feb. 2021 About 40,821 nasal swabs were tested over the past 24 hours, less than the day before. Alex Mann, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland adds 1,500 COVID cases while positivity ticks up, hospitalizations decline," 17 Apr. 2021 Because of that, this is a lockdown-era film that actually captures our world of surgical masks and nasal swabs and social distancing. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Ben Wheatley’s ‘In the Earth’ summons the elemental nature of folk horror," 15 Apr. 2021 This is determined through nasal swabs to test for the virus. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Teenagers and the coronavirus vaccine: What parents are asking," 10 Apr. 2021 Instead of full-throated cheers echoing from Petco to Coronado a season ago, Slam Diego rose from masks, temperature checks and nasal swabs. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego juiced for Padres, opening day like no other," 1 Apr. 2021 But being in quasi-isolation with any movement inside and outside hotels restricted, teams had to get creative during the days and weeks between games and nasal swabs to find ways to stay entertained. Jim Vertuno, Star Tribune, "Bored games: Teams find fun ways to fill gaps at tourneys," 31 Mar. 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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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 7 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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