from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The part of the human face or the forward part of the head of other vertebrates that contains the nostrils and organs of smell and forms the beginning of the respiratory tract.
  • n. The sense of smell: a dog with a good nose.
  • n. The ability to detect, sense, or discover as if by smell: has a nose for gossip.
  • n. The characteristic smell of a wine or liqueur; bouquet.
  • n. Informal The nose considered as a symbol of prying: Keep your nose out of my business.
  • n. Something, such as the forward end of an aircraft, rocket, or submarine, that resembles a nose in shape or position.
  • n. A very short distance or narrow margin: won the race by a nose.
  • transitive v. To find out by or as if by smell: nosed out the thieves' hiding place.
  • transitive v. To touch with the nose; nuzzle.
  • transitive v. To move, push, or make with or as if with the nose.
  • transitive v. To advance the forward part of cautiously: nosed the car into the flow of traffic.
  • intransitive v. To smell or sniff.
  • intransitive v. Informal To search or inquire meddlesomely; snoop or pry: nosing around looking for opportunities.
  • intransitive v. To advance with caution: The ship nosed into its berth.
  • nose out To defeat by a narrow margin.
  • idiom down (one's) nose Informal With disapproval, contempt, or arrogance: Year-round residents here look down their noses at the summer people.
  • idiom on the nose Exactly; precisely: predicted the final score on the nose.
  • idiom under (someone's) nose In plain view: The keys are right under your nose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A protuberance on the face housing the nostrils, which are used to breathe or smell.
  • n. A snout, the nose of an animal
  • n. The tip of an object (e.g. the nose of a fighter plane).
  • n. The length of a horse’s nose, used to indicate the distance between horses at the finish of a race, or any very close race.
  • n. Bouquet, the smell of something, especially wine.
  • n. The skill in recognising bouquet.
  • n. Skill at finding information.
  • v. To move cautiously.
  • v. To snoop.
  • v. To detect by smell or as if by smell.
  • v. To push with one's nose.
  • v. To nuzzle.
  • v. To win by a narrow margin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The prominent part of the face or anterior extremity of the head containing the nostrils and olfactory cavities; the olfactory organ. See Nostril, and Olfactory organ under Olfactory.
  • n. The power of smelling; hence, scent.
  • n. A projecting end or beak at the front of an object; a snout; a nozzle; a spout
  • intransitive v. To push or move with the nose or front forward.
  • intransitive v. To smell; to sniff; to scent.
  • intransitive v. To pry officiously into what does not concern one; to nose around.
  • transitive v. To smell; to scent; hence, to track, or trace out.
  • transitive v. To touch with the nose; to push the nose into or against; hence, to interfere with; to treat insolently.
  • transitive v. To utter in a nasal manner; to pronounce with a nasal twang.
  • transitive v. To confront; be closely face to face or opposite to; meet.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a nose.
  • transitive v. To examine with the nose or sense of smell.
  • transitive v. To make by advancing the nose or front end;
  • transitive v. to beat by (the length of) a nose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To smell; scent.
  • To face; oppose to the face.
  • To utter in a nasal manner; twang through the nose.
  • To touch, feel, or examine with the nose; toss or rub with the nose.
  • To smell; sniff.
  • To pry curiously or in a meddlesome way.
  • In coal-mining. See the quotation.
  • In forestry, to round off the end of (a log) in order to make it drag or slip more easily. Also called snipe.
  • n. The special organ of the sense of smell, formed by modifications of certain bones and fleshy parts of the face, its cavities, or fossæ, freely communicable with the cavities of the mouth and lungs, and hence also concerned in respiration, the utterance of words or vocal sounds, and taste.
  • n. Hence The sense of smell; the faculty of smelling, or the exercise of that faculty; scent; olfaction.
  • n. Something supposed to resemble a nose.
  • n. An informer.
  • n. A Middle English form of noise.
  • n.
  • n. In golf, the extreme end of a club opposite the neck or heel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a symbol of inquisitiveness
  • n. a front that resembles a human nose (especially the front of an aircraft)
  • v. search or inquire in a meddlesome way
  • v. push or move with the nose
  • v. defeat by a narrow margin
  • n. the sense of smell (especially in animals)
  • n. the front or forward projection of a tool or weapon
  • n. a projecting spout from which a fluid is discharged
  • n. a natural skill
  • n. the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals
  • v. catch the scent of; get wind of
  • n. a small distance
  • v. rub noses
  • v. advance the forward part of with caution


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English nosu.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English nose, from Old English nosu, from Proto-Germanic *nusō (compare West Frisian noas, Dutch neus, Norwegian nos ‘snout’), variant of *nasō (cf. Low German Nees, German Nase, Norwegian nese ‘nose’), old dual from Proto-Indo-European *néh₂s- ~ *nh₂es- ‘nose, nostril’ (compare Latin nāris ‘nostril’, nāsus ‘nose’, Lithuanian nósis, Russian нос (nos), Sanskrit नासा (nā́sā) ‘nostrils’).



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