Nose meaning

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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.
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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.

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The sense of smell.

A dog with a good nose.

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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.

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The ability to detect, sense, or discover as if by smell.

Has a nose for gossip.

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(by extension) Skill at finding information.

A successful reporter has a nose for news.

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The characteristic smell of a wine or liqueur; bouquet.
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(informal) The nose considered as a symbol of prying.

Keep your nose out of my business.

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Something, such as the forward end of an aircraft, rocket, or submarine, that resembles a nose in shape or position.
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A very short distance or narrow margin.

Won the race by a nose.

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To find out by or as if by smell.

Nosed out the thieves' hiding place.

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To touch with the nose; nuzzle.
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To move, push, or make with or as if with the nose.
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To advance the forward part of cautiously.

Nosed the car into the flow of traffic.

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To smell or sniff.
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(informal) To search or inquire meddlesomely; snoop or pry.

Nosing around looking for opportunities.

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To advance with caution.

The ship nosed into its berth.

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The part of the human face between the mouth and the eyes, having two openings and cavities behind them for breathing and smelling.
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The part that corresponds to this in animals; snout, muzzle, etc.
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The sense of smell.
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The overall smell of a wine; bouquet.
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The power of tracking or perceiving by or as if by scent.

A nose for news.

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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.
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The nose regarded as a symbol of prying or meddling.

To poke one's nose into another's affairs.

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(slang, chiefly brit.) A police spy or informer.
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To discover or perceive by or as if by the sense of smell.
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To touch or rub with the nose.
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To push with the nose.
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To make or push (a way, etc.) cautiously or slowly with the front forward.

The ship nosed its way into the harbor.

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To smell; sniff.
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To pry inquisitively.
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To move cautiously or slowly with the front end forward.
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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.
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A protuberance on the face housing the nostrils, which are used to breathe or smell.

She has a cold in the nose.

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A snout, the nose of an animal.
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The tip of an object.

The nose of a tea-kettle, a bellows, or a fighter plane.

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(horse racing) 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.

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The power of smelling.
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Bouquet, the smell of something, especially wine.
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The skill in recognising bouquet.

It is essential that a winetaster develops a good nose.

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(intransitive) To move cautiously.

The ship nosed through the minefield.

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(intransitive) To snoop.

She was nosing around other people's business.

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To detect by smell or as if by smell.
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To push with one's nose.
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To nuzzle.
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To win by a narrow margin.
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To utter in a nasal manner; to pronounce with a nasal twang.

To nose a prayer.

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(informal) down (one's) nose
  • With disapproval, contempt, or arrogance:
    Year-round residents here look down their noses at the summer people.
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on the nose
  • Exactly; precisely:
    Predicted the final score on the nose.
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under (someone's) nose
  • In plain view:
    The keys are right under your nose.
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by a nose
  • by the length of the animal's nose in horse racing, etc.
  • by a very small margin
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count noses
  • to count the number of people present, voting, etc.
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cut off one's nose to spite one's face
  • to injure one's own interests, as in a fit of anger or resentment
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follow one's nose
  • to go straight forward
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have one's nose out of joint
  • to be irritated, annoyed, frustrated, etc.
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lead by the nose
  • to dominate completely
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look down one's nose at
  • to be disdainful of
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nose out
  • to defeat by a very small margin
  • to discover, as by smelling
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nose over
  • to turn over on its nose
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(slang) on the nose
  • that (a specified horse, etc.) will finish first in a race
  • precisely; exactly
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pay through the nose
  • to pay an unreasonable price
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put someone's nose out of joint
  • to irritate, annoy, frustrate, etc.
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rub someone's nose in
  • to keep reminding someone of (something unpleasant, as a mistake he or she made)
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turn up one's nose at
  • to sneer at; scorn
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under one's (very) nose
  • in plain view
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

down (one's) nose
by a nose
count noses
have one's nose out of joint
look down one's nose at
nose over
put someone's nose out of joint
turn up one's nose at
under one's (very) nose

Origin of nose

  • Middle English from Old English nosu nas- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English nose, from Old English nosu, from Proto-Germanic *nusō (compare West Frisian noas, Dutch neus, Norwegian nos "˜snout'), variant of *nasō (compare German Low German Nees, Nes, Näs, German Nase, Norwegian nese "˜nose'), old dual from Proto-Indo-European *néhâ‚‚s- ~ *nhâ‚‚es- "˜nose, nostril' (compare Latin nāris "˜nostril', nāsus "˜nose', Lithuanian nósis, Russian нос (nos), Sanskrit नासा (nā́sā) "˜nostrils').

    From Wiktionary