\ 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


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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At the scene, police spoke with a man who was bleeding from his nose and a finger. cleveland, 19 Aug. 2022 Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight and Cruz wobbled to his feet unsteadily with blood pouring from his nose. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2022 Benjamin Pinsky, the medical director of the clinical-virology lab at Stanford, has overseen the testing of more than 70 patients for monkeypox, using samples from the nose, mouth, rectum, and bladder, as well as traditional skin scrapings. Benjamin Mazer, The Atlantic, 21 July 2022 West's silver nose hoop featured two chains that streamed from her nose to her earring, while Kardashian's nose ring connected directly to the cuffs on her neck. Chelsea Avila, Allure, 7 July 2022 For 10 days, attendees can choose cleaved or skinned, roasted dogs in their entirety—from nose to tail—all in the name of festival fun. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 16 June 2022 From the nose to the long tail, the vehicle’s lines are much smoother than before. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 10 June 2022 To measure your pet, the blog suggests measuring them from nose to tail, and then by width, and comparing them to the stroller’s interior dimensions. Lizz Schumer, Woman's Day, 12 May 2022 Blood pours from the nose and mouth of a newborn boy in Wisconsin., 29 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In two of those races, the polesitter was taken out with the field bunched up so much and drivers trying to out-nose each other into the first-gear corner. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Sep. 2022 The rookie, heeding the advance warning, was wearing sandals, in anticipation of getting wet, but the tide turned out to be high enough that the captain was able to nose the skiff’s bow up to dry sand for a soft landing. Ben Mcgrath, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 While work stock markets have nose dived, oil prices surged to about $6 per barrel. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2022 The miniature drought from PSU offered enough time for the Wolverines to nose in front and, in the final minutes, seal a win when Dickinson made two free throws and Brooks made four. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 9 Feb. 2022 The mask should cover the face and nose and fit snugly against the sides of your face. Usa Today Network-wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Dec. 2021 Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands. Christina Van Waasbergen, The Arizona Republic, 25 May 2022 Dunst yells at her guardians, her button nose flaring with fury. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 15 Dec. 2021 Manufactures over-the-counter ear and nose care products for needs including earwax blockage and nasal irritation. Ann Gehan, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of nose


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


1577, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for nose


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

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More Definitions for nose


\ 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


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


\ 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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