- Nose is the part of the face used for breathing and smelling, or the ability to detect something.
- An example of the nose is how people smell freshly baked bread.
- An example of a nose is the ability to sniff out the best steaks.
- Nose is defined as to find by the sense of smell.
An example of to nose is for a dog to find drugs by smelling the area.
A womans nose, or beezer.
nose definition by Webster's New World
- the part of the human face between the mouth and the eyes, having two openings and cavities behind them for breathing and smelling
- the part that corresponds to this in animals; snout, muzzle, etc.
- the sense of smell
- the overall smell of a wine; bouquet
- the power of tracking or perceiving by or as if by scent: a nose for news
- anything resembling a nose in shape or position; projecting or foremost part, as a nozzle, spout, prow of a ship, front of an airplane, etc.
- the nose regarded as a symbol of prying or meddling: to poke one's nose into another's affairs
- Slang a police spy or informer
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English nosu, akin to German nase, origin, originally a dual, meaning “the two nostrils” ; from Indo-European base an unverified form nas-, nostril from source Sanskrit nāsā, the nose, literally , pair of nostrils, Classical Latin nasus, nose and amp; naris (pl. nares), nostril
- to discover or perceive by or as if by the sense of smell
- to touch or rub with the nose
- to push with the nose: with aside, open, etc.
- to make or push (a way, etc.) cautiously or slowly with the front forward: the ship nosed its way into the harbor
- to smell; sniff
- to pry inquisitively
- to move cautiously or slowly with the front end forward
nose definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The part of the human face or the forward part of the head of other vertebrates that contains the nostrils and organs of smell and forms the beginning of the respiratory tract.
- The sense of smell: a dog with a good nose.
- The ability to detect, sense, or discover as if by smell: has a nose for gossip.
- The characteristic smell of a wine or liqueur; bouquet.
- Informal The nose considered as a symbol of prying: Keep your nose out of my business.
- Something, such as the forward end of an aircraft, rocket, or submarine, that resembles a nose in shape or position.
- A very short distance or narrow margin: won the race by a nose.
- To find out by or as if by smell: nosed out the thieves' hiding place.
- To touch with the nose; nuzzle.
- To move, push, or make with or as if with the nose.
- To advance the forward part of cautiously: nosed the car into the flow of traffic.
- To smell or sniff.
- Informal To search or inquire meddlesomely; snoop or pry: nosing around looking for opportunities.
- To advance with caution: The ship nosed into its berth.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English nosu; see nas- in Indo-European roots.
nose - Ologies & -Isms Definition
nose - Medical Definition
nose - Phrases/Idioms
by a noseâ
- by the length of the animal's nose in horse racing, etc.
- by a very small margin
cut off one's nose to spite one's face
follow one's nose
have one's nose out of joint
lead by the nose
look down one's nose at
- to defeat by a very small margin
- to discover, as by smelling
on the noseSlang
- that (a specified horse, etc.) will finish first in a race
- precisely; exactly
pay through the nose
put someone's nose out of joint
rub someone's nose in
Etymology: from the practice, in housebreaking a pet, of rubbing its nose in its urine or fecesInformal to keep reminding someone of something unpleasant, as a mistake made
turn up one's nose at
under one's (very) nose
on the nose
under (someone's) nose
down (one's) nose