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nose

noun \ ˈnōz \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of nose

1 a :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
2 a :the sense of smell :olfaction
3 :the vertebrate olfactory organ
4 a :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
6 a :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
1 a :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

Examples of nose in a Sentence

  1. The ball hit me right on the nose.

  2. You need to wipe your nose.

  3. I have a runny nose.

  4. the long nose of the anteater

  5. He got some water up his nose.

  6. She wrinkled her nose in disgust.

  7. That dog has a good nose.

  8. The whale measures 40 feet from nose to tail.

Recent Examples of nose from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of nose

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

nose Synonyms

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

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nose

verb

Definition of nose

nosed; nosing
transitive verb
1 :to detect by or as if by smell :scent
2 a :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
2 a :to search impertinently :pry
b :poke 2a
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

Examples of nose in a Sentence

  1. The horse nosed my hand.

  2. Some animal must have nosed the lid off the garbage can.

  3. The dog nosed the door open.

  4. The dogs were nosing around in the garbage.

  5. The boat nosed around the bend.

  6. I nosed my car into the parking space.

  7. The car nosed its way into the street.

Recent Examples of nose from the Web

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First Known Use of nose

1577

nose Synonyms

Synonyms
smell, scent, sniff, snuff, whiff
Antonyms
fly, race, speed, whiz (or whizz), zip
Related Words
breathe, drink (in), inhale, respire; snort, snuffle; savor (also savour)
Near Antonyms
avoid, eschew, shun; disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook

NOSE Defined for English Language Learners

nose

noun

Definition of nose for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of nose for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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nose

noun \ ˈnōz \

Definition of nose for Students

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.

nosed

\ˈnōzd\ adjective
  • long-nosed

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nose

verb

Definition of nose for Students

nosed; nosing
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

Medical Dictionary

nose

noun \ ˈnōz \

medical Definition of nose

1 a :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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