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

beak, conk [chiefly British slang], honker [slang], neb, nozzle [slang], proboscis, schnoz (or schnozz) [slang], schnozzle [slang], smeller, snoot, snout

Synonyms: Verb

scent, smell, sniff, snuff, whiff

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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

The bridge of her nose and a bone near her eye were also broken. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Man throws woman from moving vehicle: Berea Police Blotter," 5 Sep. 2019 Michigan State was 4-2 heading into the first game following the injury, but the offense nose-dived the second half of the season, scoring seven or fewer points on four occasions and totaling 32 in the final four games. SI.com, "Tulsa vs. Michigan State Live Stream: How to Watch Online, TV Channel, Game Time," 30 Aug. 2019 For the waddle: Cut a small pieces of licorice in a L shape and stick one on a side of the nose. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make the Cutest Thanksgiving Cake Pops," 28 Aug. 2019 Mei Xiang, who was born on July 22, 1998 at the China Research and Conservation Center, is an adult female with a pale black band across the bridge of her nose and oval eye patches. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian, "14 Fun Facts About Giant Pandas," 10 Aug. 2019 One was near my mouth, and the other was right on the tip of my nose. Vanessa Caceres, SELF, "I Really Wish People Would Stop Commenting on the Sun Damage on My Chest," 26 July 2019 In April-June, Nissan's profit nose-dived to 6.4 billion yen ($59 million), down drastically from 115.8 billion yen the same quarter in the previous fiscal year. Yuri Kageyama, Detroit Free Press, "Nissan to slash 12,500 jobs to cut costs aiming for turnaround amid tumbling profits," 25 July 2019 In April-June, Nissan’s profit nose-dived to 6.4 billion yen ($59 million), down drastically from 115.8 billion yen the same quarter in the previous fiscal year. Yuri Kageyama, USA TODAY, "Nissan to slash 12,500 jobs to cut costs, achieve turnaround," 25 July 2019 Heat pricked the inside of her nose, the backs of her eyes. Stephanie Green, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Host Mother," 20 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Matt Ames, a 6-4, 305-pound senior, plays center and guard offensively and nose guard defensively. Phil Jensen, The Mercury News, "New Leland head coach, returning quarterback had success last year," 15 Aug. 2019 But in one sign Wells Fargo is nosing toward stepping up its profile, CEO Tim Sloan recently joined the Financial Services Forum, a reconstituted trade group for big bank chiefs that Wells Fargo quit two years ago. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Wells Fargo shrinks lobbying team as it faces crisis in Washington," 24 Apr. 2018 Examining a patient’s tumors under the microscope revealed that, even when the larger immune attack had failed, a few T cells still managed to successfully recognize the tumor antigens and nose their way in. Charles Graeber, WIRED, "How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer," 25 July 2019 With the strong current pushing us forward, if the boat nosed into one of those sandbars we could be stuck for a long time. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "On the way to Bristol Bay, a sunken boat buoys a friendship," 12 June 2019 Rory gunned the engine, pounded the horn, and nosed the HiAce forward until the animals began to lumber out of the way. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 To nose past the limit, researchers have tried stacking multiple types of semiconductors or using lenses to concentrate light so that the cell receives a blast hundreds of times more powerful than the sun. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "New Designs Could Boost Solar Cells Beyond Their Limits," 11 July 2019 Call him back when approaching other hikers because not everyone wants a dog nosing them. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Hiking With Your Dog," 12 Feb. 2019 In any case, the Rotax V-twin has enough punch that a thumb-full of throttle causes the rear end to squat on its independent suspension and the front to nose skyward like a boat climbing on plane. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Can-Am's Outlander DPS 650 Is the Do-Anything ATV," 10 Jan. 2019

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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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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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