nod

verb
\ ˈnäd How to pronounce nod (audio) \
nodded; nodding

Definition of nod

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a quick downward motion of the head whether deliberately (as in expressing assent or salutation) or involuntarily (as from drowsiness) She nodded in agreement. The guard nodded to us as we walked in. He sat nodding by the fire.
2 : to incline or sway from the vertical as though ready to fall signposts nodding in the wind
3 : to bend or sway the upper part gently downward or forward : bob gently the plumes that nodded on his helmet nodding flowers on long stems
4 : to make a slip or error in a moment of abstraction … Fuentes nods, and his language then falls into … an overly learned mumbo-jumbo that stops the drama of his action.— Robert Maurer

transitive verb

1 : to incline downward or forward nodded his head in agreement
2 : to bring, invite, or send by a nod nodded us in
3 : to signify by a nod nodded their approval

nod

noun

Definition of nod (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of nodding gave a nod of greeting
2 : an indication especially of approval or recognition

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Other Words from nod

Verb

nodder noun

Synonyms for nod

Synonyms: Verb

bob, bobble, jog, jounce, pump, seesaw, wag

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Examples of nod in a Sentence

Verb

She nodded when I asked her if she was ready. I asked her if she could hear me, and she nodded her head. “The bathroom is around the corner,” he said, nodding to the left. She nodded toward the dirty dishes and said she would get to them later.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But Biden, sitting quietly in the corner, nodded his head. Dan Sweeney, sun-sentinel.com, "Sugar companies hit with federal class-action lawsuit over health effects of cane field burns," 4 June 2019 To create the collection, Kelsey drew inspiration from little girls’ dresses — think big, frilly communion frocks — while also nodding to the southern romantic girl. Teen Vogue, "Designer Kelsey Randall Has Launched a Line of Made-to-Order Baby Doll Dresses," 29 May 2019 The 43-year-old Spice Girl coyly nodded and laughed when asked about the rumors, adding that Geri would hate her for revealing the secret. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Mel B and Geri Halliwell Once Hooked Up and the Internet Is Living For It," 25 Mar. 2019 Candace declared while Jodie and Andrea nodded and smiled in agreement. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Full House' Star Candace Cameron Bure Made It Clear Where She Stands After Lori Loughlin Scandal," 25 Mar. 2019 Not because the dresses nodded to a demented Kim Novak or an inscrutable Eva Marie Saint. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top Shows of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2019," 25 Feb. 2019 Zinke nodded to other public services, such as improving visitor experiences at Yosemite National Park or thinning forests as options for the money. Jonathan J. Cooper, The Seattle Times, "Zinke says Northern California fire costs likely in billions," 27 Nov. 2018 These abstract artworks also nod to centuries-old methods of crafting furniture with joinery techniques executed so precisely that no metal fasteners were required. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Artists explore American identity in Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibit," 21 June 2018 Dichotomies abound: The art is made from new and used objects that were culled from the artist’s home and the public realm; the work nods equally to excess and lack, to public and private space, to feeling both protected and exposed. Deborah Vankin, latimes.com, "Shinique Smith's 'Refuge' explores shelter, homelessness and the excess of our stuff," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That’s where Step 2 comes in, a nod to the SEC and ACC. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "How CU Buffs coach Mel Tucker would fix what ails the Pac-12," 7 June 2019 That’s a nod to regulators, and shortly after the unveiling, the FAA said Amazon could test it for a year in limited circumstances that don’t involve deliveries. Alan Murray, Fortune, "So Much for Fiat Chrysler and Renault: CEO Daily," 6 June 2019 Paul Rosene goes about his work in white gloves, both a necessary precaution and a nod of reverence for the musical craft that has come to define much of his life. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "For some, handbells are a passion and not just for churches anymore," 6 June 2019 But first there is tea, a nod to Iranian culture and the homeland left behind by these patrons of the West Los Angeles Regional Library. Maria L. La Ganga, www.latimes.com, "What's L.A. reading? Our habits are as diverse as the city itself," 6 June 2019 One of the Rockets’ mottos this season was unfinished business, a nod to their semifinal loss to New York Mills in last year’s Class A semis. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Class A softball: Randolph falls in semis; Concordia Academy bows in 2A," 6 June 2019 When Barack Obama was simply a senator running for the Democratic nod in 2008, the conversation around student debt and college affordability looked different—very different. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Decade That Changed the Student-Debt Debate," 5 June 2019 Names will return this season, a tip of the cap to fan unrest … and, quite likely, a nod toward recruiting. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: IU, Purdue are actually, finally trying to win in football," 5 June 2019 At their after-rehearsal dinner, guests roasted their own s’mores, a nod to the couple’s love for camping. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al.com, "The sweet story of The Birmingham Candy Company," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of nod

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nod

Verb

Middle English nodden; perhaps akin to Old High German hnotōn to shake

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nod

verb

English Language Learners Definition of nod

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move your head up and down as a way of answering "yes" or of showing agreement, understanding, or approval
: to move your head up and down as a signal to someone or as a way of saying hello or goodbye to someone
: to slightly move your head in a specified direction

nod

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nod (Entry 2 of 2)

: a movement of your head up and down especially as a way of answering "yes" or of showing agreement, understanding, or approval : an act of nodding
somewhat informal : something done to show that someone or something has been chosen, approved, etc.

nod

verb
\ ˈnäd How to pronounce nod (audio) \
nodded; nodding

Kids Definition of nod

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to bend the head up and down one or more times He nodded in agreement.
2 : to move up and down She nodded her head. Daisies nodded in the breeze.
3 : to tip the head in a certain direction He nodded toward the door.
nod off
: to fall asleep

nod

noun

Kids Definition of nod (Entry 2 of 2)

: the action of bending the head up and down

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