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Dictionary Definition

nose

Noun

1 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" [syn: olfactory organ]
2 a front that resembles a human nose (especially the front of an aircraft); "the nose of the rocket heated up on reentry"
3 the front or forward projection of a tool or weapon; "he ducked under the nose of the gun"
4 a small distance; "my horse lost the race by a nose"
5 the sense of smell (especially in animals); "the hound has a good nose"
6 a natural skill; "he has a nose for good deals"
7 a projecting spout from which a fluid is discharged [syn: nozzle]

Verb

1 search or inquire in a meddlesome way; "This guy is always nosing around the office" [syn: pry, poke]
2 advance the forward part of with caution; "She nosed the car into the left lane"
3 catch the scent of; get wind of; "The dog nosed out the drugs" [syn: scent, wind]
4 push or move with the nose
5 rub noses [syn: nuzzle]
6 defeat by a narrow margin

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From etyl ang nosu

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. The organ of the face used to smell things.
  2. A snout, the nose of an animal
  3. The tip of an object (e.g. the nose of a fighter plane).
  4. 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. Bouquet, the smell of something, especially wine.
  6. The skill in recognising bouquet.
    It is essential that a winetaster develops a good nose.
  7. In the context of "by extension": Skill at finding information.
    A successful reporter has a nose for news.

Translations

The organ of the face used to smell things
snout, nose of an animal
  • Greek: μουσούδι (musúdi)
  • Persian: (puze)
  • Portuguese: focinho, focinhos
The tip of an object
  • Danish: spids, tud
  • Dutch: neus
  • Finnish: nokka
  • Greek: αιχμή (aikhmí), aircraft: ρύγχος (rínkhos), car: μούρη (moúri)
  • Hebrew:
  • Persian: (nok)
  • Polish: nos
  • Portuguese: nariz
  • Russian: нос (nos)
  • Slovene: nos
  • Swedish: nos (1) (animal)
The length of a horse’s nose
the skill in recognising bouquet
  • Greek: μύτη (míti), όσφρηση (ósphrisi)
  • Persian: (tavân-e buyâyi), (šâmme)
Cyrillic: нос
Roman: nos

See also

Verb

  1. To move cautiously.
    The ship nosed through the minefield.
  2. To snoop.
    She was nosing around other people’s business.
  3. To detect by smell or as if by smell.
  4. To push with one's nose.
  5. To nuzzle
  6. To win by a narrow margin.

Derived terms

Translations

To move cautiously
To snoop
to detect
to push with the nose
to nuzzle
to win by a narrow margin

Old English

Pronunciation

/ˈnoze/

Noun form

nose
  1. accusative, genitive or dative singular of nosu
  2. nominative or accusative plural of nosu

Extensive Definition

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.
In most animals, it also has the nosehairs, which catch airkyle particles and prevent them from reaching the lungs. Within and behind the nose is 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.
As an interface between the body and the external world, the nose and associated structures frequently perform additional functions concerned with conditioning entering air (for instance, by warming and/or humidifying it, also for flicking if moving and by mostly reclaiming moisture from the air before it is exhaled (as occurs most efficiently in camels). In most fish, the nose is the primary large organ for smelling. As the animal sniffs, the air flows through the nose and over structures called turbinates in the nasal cavity. The turbulence caused by this disruption slows the air and directs it toward the olfactory epithelium. At the surface of the olfactory epithelium, odor molecules carried by the air contact olfactory receptor neurons which transduce the features of the molecule into non painful electrical impulses in the brain.
In cetaceans, the nose has been reduced to the nostrils, which have migrated to the top of the head, producing a more streamlined body shape and the ability to breathe while mostly submerged. Conversely, the elephant's nose has become elaborated into a long, muscular, manipulative organ called the trunk.

See also

nose in Arabic: أنف
nose in Aragonese: Naso
nose in Aymara: Nasa
nose in Bosnian: Nos
nose in Breton: Fri
nose in Bulgarian: Нос (анатомия)
nose in Catalan: Nas
nose in Czech: Nos
nose in Welsh: Trwyn
nose in Danish: Næse
nose in German: Nase
nose in Dhivehi: ނޭފަތް
nose in Estonian: Nina
nose in Modern Greek (1453-): Μύτη
nose in Spanish: Nariz
nose in Esperanto: Nazo
nose in Basque: Sudur
nose in Persian: بینی
nose in French: Nez
nose in Scottish Gaelic: Sròn
nose in Korean: 코
nose in Croatian: Nos
nose in Ido: Nazo
nose in Indonesian: Hidung
nose in Inuktitut: ᕿᖓᖅ/qingaq
nose in Icelandic: Nef
nose in Italian: Naso
nose in Hebrew: אף
nose in Swahili (macrolanguage): pua
nose in Pampanga: Arung
nose in Kurdish: Poz
nose in Latin: Nasus
nose in Lithuanian: Nosis
nose in Lojban: nazbi
nose in Hungarian: Orr
nose in Macedonian: Нос
nose in Malayalam: മൂക്ക്
nose in Malay (macrolanguage): Hidung
nose in Dutch: Neus
nose in Japanese: 鼻
nose in Kölsch: Nahß
nose in Norwegian: Nese
nose in Occitan (post 1500): Nas
nose in Pangasinan: Eleng
nose in Polish: Nos
nose in Portuguese: Nariz
nose in Romanian: Nas
nose in Quechua: Sinqa
nose in Russian: Нос
nose in Albanian: Hunda
nose in Sicilian: Nasu (anatumìa)
nose in Simple English: Nose
nose in Slovak: Nos
nose in Slovenian: Nos
nose in Finnish: Nenä
nose in Swedish: Näsa
nose in Tagalog: Ilong
nose in Thai: จมูก
nose in Tajik: Бинӣ
nose in Turkish: Burun (organ)
nose in Ukrainian: Ніс
nose in Võro: Nõna
nose in Yiddish: נאז
nose in Contenese: 鼻
nose in Dimli: Pırnıke
nose in Chinese: 鼻

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