nose

noun
\ ˈnōz How to pronounce nose (audio) \

Definition of nose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the part of the face that bears the nostrils and covers the anterior part of the nasal cavity broadly : this part together with the nasal cavity
b : the anterior part of the head at the top or end of the muzzle : snout, proboscis
2a : the sense of smell : olfaction
b : aroma, bouquet
3 : the vertebrate olfactory organ
4a : the forward end or projection of something
b : the projecting or working end of a tool
5 : the stem of a boat or its protective metal covering
6a : the nose as a symbol of prying or meddling curiosity or interference
b : a knack for discovery or understanding a keen nose for absurdity
on the nose
1a : at or to a target point the bombs landed right on the nose
b(1) : on target : accurate
(2) : accurately
2 : to win used of horse or dog racing bets
under one's nose
: extremely near to one the answer was right under our noses also : brazenly in or as if in one's presence embezzling funds right under his nose

nose

verb
nosed; nosing

Definition of nose (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to detect by or as if by smell : scent
2a : to push or move with the nose
b : to move (something, such as a vehicle) ahead slowly or cautiously nosed my car into the parking space
3 : to touch or rub with the nose : nuzzle

intransitive verb

1 : to use the nose in examining, smelling, or showing affection
2a : to search impertinently : pry
3 : to move ahead slowly or cautiously the boat nosed around the bend
4 : to move the forward end in a specified direction the plane nosed up
5 : to advance into a slight lead

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Synonyms for nose

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of nose in a Sentence

Noun The ball hit me right on the nose. You need to wipe your nose. I have a runny nose. the long nose of the anteater He got some water up his nose. She wrinkled her nose in disgust. That dog has a good nose. The whale measures 40 feet from nose to tail. Verb The horse nosed my hand. Some animal must have nosed the lid off the garbage can. The dog nosed the door open. The dogs were nosing around in the garbage. The boat nosed around the bend. I nosed my car into the parking space. The car nosed its way into the street.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bats have their own challenges, including a fungal disease called white-nose syndrome that has killed millions. John Flesher And Jamie Stengle, Chron, "Deer, antelope and bats among wildlife pummeled during Southern freeze," 24 Feb. 2021 The crashes were caused by a new piece of software on the Max that could push down the plane’s nose. Washington Post, "FAA still needs to strengthen Boeing oversight after Max crashes, inspector general says," 24 Feb. 2021 The officials are calling for more exhaustive testing of lung transplant donors, including the testing of samples from deep within the donor lungs as well as the nose and throat. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Woman Dies 2 Months After Receiving a Double-Lung Transplant From Someone With COVID-19," 23 Feb. 2021 Chris poked fun at his brother’s nose in a video of the governor getting tested for COVID-19. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "A timeline of the Cuomo nursing home controversy," 22 Feb. 2021 The nose and throat samples routinely collected from both organ donors and recipients tested negative for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Jonel Aleccia, oregonlive, "Organ recipient dies after receiving COVID-19 infected lungs," 22 Feb. 2021 For Darr -- one BDD sufferer among the five to 10 million in the US -- those flaws relate to her chin and nose. Maria Morava And Scottie Andrew, CNN, "For those with body dysmorphic disorder, masks do more than protect. They help them function," 21 Feb. 2021 The nose and throat samples routinely collected from both organ donors and recipients tested negative for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. NBC News, "Organ transplant patient dies after receiving Covid-infected lungs," 20 Feb. 2021 The vulnerable areas of their bodies are their paws, nose and ears. Iris Katz, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Pet Wise: Keeping pets safe during winter weather," 20 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To create the shapes, Ffrench used white or jet black paint to trace a few delicate star shapes around the eyes, cheeks, and nose in an asymmetrical formation. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Burberry’s Starry Face Embellishments Are Mesmerizing—And DIY Friendly," 22 Feb. 2021 Its strength lies along the interior, particularly with Coburn, Collins and Sweat as defensive and nose tackles. Dallas News, "Texas DL outlook for 2021: Will Longhorns’ unit take the next step after a strong 2020 season?," 19 Feb. 2021 For Hill, that meant covering his mouth and nose with a garnet and gold mask from Florida State. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "A sign of the times: Karr's Destyn Hill reveals Florida State football choice on face mask," 3 Feb. 2021 High pressure over southeastern Canada, which will nose southward into the Mid-Atlantic, is predicted to block storm systems located to the northwest, northeast and south from affecting the region. Washington Post, "Cold but tranquil weather predicted for Joe Biden’s inauguration," 13 Jan. 2021 However, for a few hours overnight, warm enough air will nose into the clouds to turn the snow to sleet, limiting snow totals. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Major snowstorm bears down on the Northeast, with blizzard conditions likely," 15 Dec. 2020 His play at 3 technique defensive tackle, next to nose Tommy Togiai, has keyed the Buckeyes’ defense through the first five games. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Watch Ohio State football’s Haskell Garrett with a defensive lineman pick-six against Michigan State," 5 Dec. 2020 Senior captain Kyle Heaton has been part of the offense in past years at center, but will now take his toughness to nose guard with a few offensive cameos. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Sycamore Aviators may rely on ground game in 2020 football season," 14 Aug. 2020 Izzo, like the rest of the coaches and players on the bench, covered his mouth and nose with a mask. Larry Lage, Star Tribune, "No. 13 Michigan State opens with 83-67 win over E. Michigan," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of nose

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1577, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for nose

Noun

Middle English, from Old English nosu; akin to Old High German nasa nose, Latin nasus

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Time Traveler for nose

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The first known use of nose was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

28 Feb 2021

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“Nose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nose. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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nose

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the part of the face or head through which a person or animal smells and breathes
: the ability to smell things : the sense of smell
: the front end or part of something

nose

verb

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

: to push or move (something) with the nose
of an animal : to search for or find something by smelling
: to move forward slowly or carefully

nose

noun
\ ˈnōz How to pronounce nose (audio) \

Kids Definition of nose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the part of the face or head that contains the nostrils
2 : the sense or organ of smell Most dogs have a good nose.
3 : the front end or part of something the nose of an airplane
4 : an ability to discover She's got a nose for news.

Other Words from nose

nosed \ ˈnōzd \ adjective long-nosed

nose

verb
nosed; nosing

Kids Definition of nose (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to search for or find by smelling The dog nosed around in the garbage.
2 : to touch or rub with the nose : nuzzle The horse nosed my hand.
3 : to search for especially in an unwelcome way : pry Stop nosing around in my business.
4 : to move ahead slowly or carefully … the boat was nosing its way between the rocks out to the open sea.— Pearl S. Buck, The Big Wave

nose

noun
\ ˈnōz How to pronounce nose (audio) \

Medical Definition of nose

1a : the part of the face that bears the nostrils and covers the anterior part of the nasal cavity broadly : this part together with the nasal cavity
b : the anterior part of the head above or projecting beyond the muzzle
2 : the sense of smell : olfaction

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