Definition of nostril
1 : either of the external nares; broadly : either of the nares with the adjoining passage on the same side of the septum
2 : either fleshy lateral wall of the nose
Examples of nostril in a Sentence
My left nostril is stuffed up.
She left in a rage, her nostrils flaring.
Recent Examples of nostril from the Web
Narcan often comes in a nasal-spray form, so Clay demonstrated how to tilt a person's head back to spray the antidote up the nostrils.
Still, the insides of our nostrils were burned by UV rays reflecting off the snow.
The new fossils showed key features that classify Razana as a crocodile relative, such as nostrils facing to the front of the snout, lower jaw formation and a bony palate, as well as teeth and teeth sockets that expanded sideways.
The filters typically adapt to the shape of your nose and come in a few sizes to fit your nostril.
The cringe-inducing effort to pull the plastic out of a bloody nostril outraged viewers — 11.8 million so far.
The man was missing two of his front teeth, and his upper lip was split open from the nostril downward, revealing the top row of his teeth, the report says.
Blend over the tip of the nose, surrounding the nostrils, the tip of the chin, and any breakouts or areas of the cheeks that may be ruddy.
The latter rank were excluded from the fitness classes, leaving them with many idle moments to have their faces kneaded, their nails manicured, their nostrils tickled by herbal concoctions — and their credit cards swiped.
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Origin and Etymology of nostril
Middle English nosethirl, from Old English nosthyrl, from nosu nose + thyrel hole; akin to Old English thurh through
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
NOSTRIL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nostril for English Language Learners
: one of the two openings of the nose
NOSTRIL Defined for Kids
Definition of nostril for Students
: either of the outer openings of the nose through which people and many animals breathe
Medical Definition of nostril
1: either of the external nares; broadly : either of the nares with the adjoining passage on the same side of the nasal septum
2: either fleshy lateral wall of the nose
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