What does nose mean?

Definitions for nose

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word nose.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nose, olfactory organnoun

    the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals

    "he has a cold in the nose"

  2. nosenoun

    a front that resembles a human nose (especially the front of an aircraft)

    "the nose of the rocket heated up on reentry"

  3. nosenoun

    the front or forward projection of a tool or weapon

    "he ducked under the nose of the gun"

  4. nosenoun

    a small distance

    "my horse lost the race by a nose"

  5. nosenoun

    a symbol of inquisitiveness

    "keep your nose out of it"

  6. nosenoun

    the sense of smell (especially in animals)

    "the hound has a good nose"

  7. nosenoun

    a natural skill

    "he has a nose for good deals"

  8. nozzle, noseverb

    a projecting spout from which a fluid is discharged

  9. intrude, horn in, pry, nose, pokeverb

    search or inquire in a meddlesome way

    "This guy is always nosing around the office"

  10. noseverb

    advance the forward part of with caution

    "She nosed the car into the left lane"

  11. scent, nose, windverb

    catch the scent of; get wind of

    "The dog nosed out the drugs"

  12. noseverb

    push or move with the nose

  13. nuzzle, noseverb

    rub noses

  14. noseverb

    defeat by a narrow margin


  1. nosenoun

    The organ of the face used to breathe or smell.

    She has a cold in the nose.

  2. nosenoun

    A snout, the nose of an animal

  3. nosenoun

    The tip of an object (e.g. the nose of a fighter plane).

  4. nosenoun

    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.

    Red Rum only won by a nose.

  5. nosenoun

    Bouquet, the smell of something, especially wine.

  6. nosenoun

    The skill in recognising bouquet.

    It is essential that a winetaster develops a good nose.

  7. nosenoun

    Skill at finding information.

    A successful reporter has a nose for news.

  8. noseverb

    To move cautiously.

    The ship nosed through the minefield.

  9. noseverb

    To snoop.

    She was nosing around other people's business.

  10. noseverb

    To detect by smell or as if by smell.

  11. noseverb

    To push with one's nose.

  12. noseverb

    To nuzzle.

  13. noseverb

    To win by a narrow margin.

  14. Etymology: from nosu, from nusō (compare West Frisian noas, Dutch neus, Norwegian nos ‘snout’), variant of (cf. Low German Nees, German Nase, Norwegian nese ‘nose’), old dual from neh₂s- ~ ‘nose, nostril’ (compare Latin naris ‘nostril’, nasus ‘nose’, Lithuanian nosis, Sanskrit nā́sā ‘nostrils’).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NOSEnoun

    Etymology: nœse, nosa , Saxon.

    Down with the nose,
    Take the bridge quite away
    Of him that, his particular to forefend,
    Smells from the gen’ral weal. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.

    Nose of turks and Tartars lips. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Our decrees,
    Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead;
    And liberty plucks justice by the nose. William Shakespeare, M. of Ven.

    There can be no reason given why a visage somewhat longer, or a nose flatter, could not have consisted with such a soul. John Locke.

    Poetry takes me up so entirely, that I scarce see what passes under my nose. Alexander Pope, Letters.

    The lungs are as bellows, the aspera arteria is the nose of the bellows, or as a channel in the sound board of an organ. William Holder, Elements of Speech.

    We are not offended with a dog for a better nose than his master. Jeremy Collier, on Envy.

    Tho’ authority be a stubborn bear,
    Yet he is oft led by the nose with gold. William Shakespeare, W. Tale.

    In suits which a man doth not understand, it is good to refer them to some friend, but let him chuse well his referendaries, else he may be led by the nose. Francis Bacon.

    That some occult design doth lie
    In bloody cynarctomachy,
    Is plain enough to him that knows,
    How saints lead brothers by the nose. Hudibras, p. i.

    This is the method of all popular shams, when the multitude are to be led by the noses into a fool’s paradise. Roger L'Estrange.

  2. To Noseverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Nose him as you go up the stairs. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

  3. To Noseverb

    To look big; to bluster.

    Adult’rous Anthony
    Gives his potent regiment to a trull
    That noses it against us. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.


  1. Nose

    A nose is a protuberance in vertebrates that houses the nostrils, or nares, which receive and expel air for respiration alongside the mouth. Behind the nose are the olfactory mucosa and the sinuses. Behind the nasal cavity, air next passes through the pharynx, shared with the digestive system, and then into the rest of the respiratory system. In humans, the nose is located centrally on the face and serves as an alternative respiratory passage especially during suckling for infants. The protruding nose that completely separate from the mouth part is a characteristic found only in therian mammals. It has been theorized that this unique mammalian nose evolved from the anterior part of the upper jaw of the reptilian-like ancestors (synapsids).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nosenoun

    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

  2. Nosenoun

    the power of smelling; hence, scent

  3. Nosenoun

    a projecting end or beak at the front of an object; a snout; a nozzle; a spout; as, the nose of a bellows; the nose of a teakettle

  4. Noseverb

    to smell; to scent; hence, to track, or trace out

  5. Noseverb

    to touch with the nose; to push the nose into or against; hence, to interfere with; to treat insolently

  6. Noseverb

    to utter in a nasal manner; to pronounce with a nasal twang; as, to nose a prayer

  7. Noseverb

    to smell; to sniff; to scent

  8. Noseverb

    to pry officiously into what does not concern one

  9. Etymology: [AS. nosu; akin to D. neus, G. nase, OHG. nasa, Icel. ns, Sw. nsa, Dan. nse, Lith. nosis, Russ. nos', L. nasus, nares, Skr. ns, ns. 261. Cf. Nasal, Nasturtium, Naze, Nostril, Nozzle.]


  1. Nose

    Anatomically, a nose is a protuberance in vertebrates that houses the nostrils, or nares, which admit and expel air for respiration in conjunction with the mouth. Behind the nose are the olfactory mucosa and the sinuses. Behind the nasal cavity, air next passes through the pharynx, shared with the digestive system, and then into the rest of the respiratory system. In humans, the nose is located centrally on the face; on most other mammals, it is on the upper tip of the snout.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nose

    nōz, n. the organ of smell: the power of smelling: sagacity: the projecting part of anything resembling a nose, as the spout of a kettle, &c.: a drip, a downward projection from a cornice: (slang) an informer.—v.t. to smell: to oppose rudely face to face: to sound through the nose.—ns. Nose′bag, a bag for a horse's nose, containing oats, &c.; Nose′-band, the part of the bridle coming over the nose, attached to the cheek-straps.—adjs. Nosed, having a nose—used in composition, as bottle-nosed, long-nosed, &c.; Nose′-led, led by the nose, ruled and befooled completely; Nose′less, without a nose.—ns. Nose′-leaf, a membranous appendage on the snouts of phyllostomine and rhinolophine bats, forming a highly sensitive tactile organ; Nose′-of-wax, an over-pliable person or thing; Nose′-piece, the outer end or point of a pipe, bellows, &c.: the extremity of the tube of a microscope to which the objective is attached: a nose-band: the nasal in armour; Nose′-ring, an ornament worn in the septum of the nose or in either of its wings; Nos′ing, the projecting rounded edge of the step of a stair or of a moulding.—Aquiline nose, a prominent nose, convex in profile; Bottle nose, a name given to certain species of cetaceans: an eruption on the nose such as is produced by intemperate drinking; Pug nose, a short turned-up nose; Roman nose, an aquiline nose.—Hold, Keep, or Put one's nose to the grindstone (see Grindstone); Lead by the nose, to cause to follow blindly; Put one's nose out of joint, to bring down one's pride or sense of importance: to push out of favour; Thrust one's nose into, to meddle officiously with anything; Turn up one's nose (at), to express contempt for a person or thing. [A.S. nosu; Ger. nase, L. nasus.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Nose

    A part of the upper respiratory tract. It contains the organ of SMELL. The term includes the external nose, the nasal cavity, and the PARANASAL SINUSES.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. NOSE

    A prominent member of the face family, usually a Greek or Roman, who owns the shortest bridge in the world. He is often stuck up in company, but frequently blows himself when he has his grippe. Principal occupations, sniffling, snivelling, sneezing, snorting and scenting, intruding in the neighbors' affairs, stuffing himself without permission and bleeding for others.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. nose

    Often used to denote the stem of a ship. Also, a neck of land: naes, or ness.

Editors Contribution

  1. nose

    An organ on the human face.

    Our nose is important to smell.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. NOSE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nose is ranked #60505 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Nose surname appeared 333 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Nose.

    45.6% or 152 total occurrences were White.
    22.5% or 75 total occurrences were Asian.
    18% or 60 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    5.7% or 19 total occurrences were Black.
    5.1% or 17 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nose' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2492

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nose' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1816

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nose' in Nouns Frequency: #962

Anagrams for nose »

  1. sone

  2. Enos

  3. ENSO

  4. eons

  5. NEOs

  6. noes

  7. ones

  8. one's

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nose in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of nose in a Sentence

  1. Yong Ju Jang:

    This means that deviated nose is not a simple nose problem in many cases, but is complex issue related with facial skeleton abnormality.

  2. Sian Griffiths:

    I realized I couldn't taste it, even when I inadvertently chewed a cardamom pod. This was rather disconcerting as I had no other symptoms such as a blocked nose.

  3. Holly Phillips:

    They make your nose run and your eyes water, and that may provide some temporary relief from congestion.

  4. Steven Park:

    The most common reason is if your nose is stuffy, from allergies, or if you have a deviated septum. Lots of medications can also cause nasal congestion.

  5. Press Secretary Josh Earnest:

    Russia has essentially thumbed their nose at commitments made at (the) agreement.

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