What does nose mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nose, olfactory organ(noun)

    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. nose(noun)

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

    "the nose of the rocket heated up on reentry"

  3. nose(noun)

    the front or forward projection of a tool or weapon

    "he ducked under the nose of the gun"

  4. nose(noun)

    a small distance

    "my horse lost the race by a nose"

  5. nose(noun)

    a symbol of inquisitiveness

    "keep your nose out of it"

  6. nose(noun)

    the sense of smell (especially in animals)

    "the hound has a good nose"

  7. nose(noun)

    a natural skill

    "he has a nose for good deals"

  8. nozzle, nose(verb)

    a projecting spout from which a fluid is discharged

  9. intrude, horn in, pry, nose, poke(verb)

    search or inquire in a meddlesome way

    "This guy is always nosing around the office"

  10. nose(verb)

    advance the forward part of with caution

    "She nosed the car into the left lane"

  11. scent, nose, wind(verb)

    catch the scent of; get wind of

    "The dog nosed out the drugs"

  12. nose(verb)

    push or move with the nose

  13. nuzzle, nose(verb)

    rub noses

  14. nose(verb)

    defeat by a narrow margin


  1. nose(Noun)

    The organ of the face used to breathe or smell.

    She has a cold in the nose.

  2. nose(Noun)

    A snout, the nose of an animal

  3. nose(Noun)

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

  4. nose(Noun)

    The length of a horseu2019s 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. nose(Noun)

    Bouquet, the smell of something, especially wine.

  6. nose(Noun)

    The skill in recognising bouquet.

    It is essential that a winetaster develops a good nose.

  7. nose(Noun)

    Skill at finding information.

    A successful reporter has a nose for news.

  8. nose(Verb)

    To move cautiously.

    The ship nosed through the minefield.

  9. nose(Verb)

    To snoop.

    She was nosing around other peopleu2019s business.

  10. nose(Verb)

    To detect by smell or as if by smell.

  11. nose(Verb)

    To push with one's nose.

  12. nose(Verb)

    To nuzzle.

  13. nose(Verb)

    To win by a narrow margin.

  14. Origin: 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’).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nose(noun)

    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. Nose(noun)

    the power of smelling; hence, scent

  3. Nose(noun)

    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. Nose(verb)

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

  5. Nose(verb)

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

  6. Nose(verb)

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

  7. Nose(verb)

    to smell; to sniff; to scent

  8. Nose(verb)

    to pry officiously into what does not concern one

  9. Origin: [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.

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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. noes

  2. Enos

  3. eons

  4. ones, one's

  5. ENSO

  6. sone

  7. NEOs

  8. Ones


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mother Brandi McGlathery:

    He doesn't have a nose!

  2. An Ohio woman:

    Please hurry. He’s biting my nose.

  3. David Bowie:

    ? I blew my nose one day in California.

  4. Mary Anne Puleio:

    Smile: Happiness Is Right Under Your Nose!

  5. Kristen Parham:

    White stuff was coming out of her nose and mouth.

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