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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sneeze, sneezing, sternutation(verb)

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

  2. sneeze(verb)

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

    "Pepper makes me sneeze"


  1. sneeze(Noun)

    An act of sneezing.

  2. sneeze(Verb)

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

  3. sneeze(Verb)

    To expel air as if the nose were irritated.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sneeze(verb)

    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

  2. Sneeze(noun)

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

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


  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. Dave Preston:

    He must not laugh at his own wheeze. A snuff box has no right to sneeze.

  2. E. B. White:

    In middle life, the human back is spoiling for a technical knockout and will use the flimsiest excuse, even a sneeze, to fall apart.



  4. 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.

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