What does sneeze mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sneeze, sneezing, sternutationverb

    a symptom consisting of the involuntary expulsion of air from the nose

  2. sneezeverb

    exhale spasmodically, as when an irritant entered one's nose

    "Pepper makes me sneeze"

Wiktionary

  1. sneezenoun

    An act of sneezing.

    Etymology: From snesen, alteration of earlier fnesen, from fneosan, from fneusanan, from pnew-. Cognate with dialectal fniezen, fnýsa; neosen, from hnjósa, niosan.

  2. sneezeverb

    To expel air as a reflex induced by an irritation in the nose.

    Etymology: From snesen, alteration of earlier fnesen, from fneosan, from fneusanan, from pnew-. Cognate with dialectal fniezen, fnýsa; neosen, from hnjósa, niosan.

  3. sneezeverb

    To expel air as if the nose were irritated.

    Etymology: From snesen, alteration of earlier fnesen, from fneosan, from fneusanan, from pnew-. Cognate with dialectal fniezen, fnýsa; neosen, from hnjósa, niosan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sneezeverb

    to emit air, chiefly through the nose, audibly and violently, by a kind of involuntary convulsive force, occasioned by irritation of the inner membrane of the nose

    Etymology: [OE. snesen; of uncertain origin; cf. D. snuse to sniff, E. neese, and AS. fnesan.]

  2. Sneezenoun

    a sudden and violent ejection of air with an audible sound, chiefly through the nose

    Etymology: [OE. snesen; of uncertain origin; cf. D. snuse to sniff, E. neese, and AS. fnesan.]

Freebase

  1. Sneeze

    A sneeze, or sternutation, is a semi-autonomous, convulsive expulsion of air from the lungs through the nose and mouth, usually caused by foreign particles irritating the nasal mucosa. A sneeze expels air forcibly from the mouth and nose in an explosive, spasmodic involuntary action resulting chiefly from irritation of the nasal mucous membrane. Sneezing is possibly linked to sudden exposure to bright light, sudden change in temperature, breeze of cold air, a particularly full stomach, or viral infection, and can lead to the spread of disease. The function of sneezing is to expel mucus containing foreign particles or irritants and cleanse the nasal cavity. During a sneeze, the soft palate and palatine uvula depress while the back of the tongue elevates to partially close the passage to the mouth so that air ejected from the lungs may be expelled through the nose. Because the closing of the mouth is partial, a considerable amount of this air is usually also expelled from the mouth. The force and extent of the expulsion of the air through the nose varies. Sneezing typically occurs when foreign particles or sufficient external stimulants pass through the nasal hairs to reach the nasal mucosa. This triggers the release of histamines, which irritate the nerve cells in the nose, resulting in signals being sent to the brain to initiate the sneeze through the trigeminal nerve network. The brain then relates this initial signal, activates the pharyngeal and tracheal muscles and creates a large opening of the nasal and oral cavities, resulting in a powerful release of air and bioparticles. The powerful nature of a sneeze is attributed to its involvement of numerous organs of the upper body – it is a reflexive response involving the face, throat, and chest muscles. Sneezing is also triggered by sinus nerve stimulation caused by nasal congestion and allergies.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sneeze

    snēz, v.i. to make a sudden and involuntary violent expiration, preceded by one or more inspirations, the fauces being generally closed so that the current of air is directed through the nose.—n. a sneezing.—ns. Sneeze′weed, any species of Helenium; Sneeze′wood, the durable wood of a small South African tree whose sawdust causes sneezing: Sneeze′wort, the white hellebore: the Achillea Ptarmica; Sneez′ing.—Not to be sneezed at, not to be despised, of very considerable value or importance. [M. E. snesen, fnesen—A.S. fneósan, to sneeze; Dut. fniezen.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sneeze in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sneeze in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of sneeze in a Sentence

  1. James Corden:

    There were flowers everywhere, the most beautiful flowers you’ve ever seen, and I get quite bad allergies if I ’m in such close proximity to flowers, so, for a lot of the ceremony, I just needed to sneeze.

  2. Dawn Mueni Becker:

    Being conscious or aware of this habit is helpful when it comes to avoiding touching the face, identifying triggers such as runny nose or urge to sneeze is important. In this case, having tissue close by is helpful -- it's better to use that to touch your face than bare hands.

  3. Bill Knightly:

    It comes down to some basic concepts, things like colored carpet or, in a less sophisticated or expensive application, taping off what six-feet workstations look like, so it's very visual. In some cases, installing Plexiglas or some other form of sneeze or cough guards to give folks additional insurance.

  4. Joseph Vinetz:

    The idea about the face mask is to prevent the virus from coming out of somebody's mouth and nose, mostly out of their mouth, they prevent somebody, when they talk or sometimes when they sneeze or cough, from expelling virus and leading to infection in other people.

  5. Michael Ward:

    When the humidity is lower, the air is drier and it makes the aerosols smaller, when you sneeze and cough those smaller infectious aerosols can stay suspended in the air for longer. That increases the exposure for other people. When the air is humid and the aerosols are larger and heavier, they fall and hit surfaces quicker.

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