Definitions for: Nose

[n] a front that resembles a human nose (especially the front of an aircraft); "the nose of the rocket heated up on reentry"
[n] the front or forward projection of a tool or weapon; "he ducked under the nose of the gun"
[n] a projecting spout from which a fluid is discharged
[n] 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"
[n] a natural skill; "he has a nose for good deals"
[n] the sense of smell (especially in animals); "the hound has a good nose"
[n] a small distance; "my horse lost the race by a nose"
[v] defeat by a narrow margin
[v] rub noses
[v] push or move with the nose
[v] advance the forward part of with caution; "She nosed the car into the left lane"
[v] catch the scent of; get wind of; "The dog nosed out the drugs"
[v] search or inquire in a meddlesome way; "This guy is always nosing around the office"

Webster (1913) Definition: Nose, n. [AS. nosu; akin to D. neus, G. nase, OHG. nasa,
Icel. n["o]s, Sw. n["a]sa, Dan. n["a]se, Lith. nosis, Russ.
nos', L. nasus, nares, Skr. n[=a]s[=a], n[=a]s. ? Cf.
Nasal, Nasturtium, Naze, Nostril, Nozzle.]
1. (Anat.) The prominent part of the face or anterior
extremity of the head containing the nostrils and
olfactory cavities; the olfactory organ. See Nostril,
and Olfactory organ under Olfactory.

2. The power of smelling; hence, scent.

We are not offended with a dog for a better nose
than his master. --Collier.

3. A projecting end or beak at the front of an object; a
snout; a nozzle; a spout; as, the nose of a bellows; the
nose of a teakettle.

Nose bit (Carp.), a bit similar to a gouge bit, but having
a cutting edge on one side of its boring end.

Nose hammer (Mach.), a frontal hammer.

Nose hole (Glass Making), a small opening in a furnace,
before which a globe of crown glass is held and kept soft
at the beginning of the flattening process.

Nose key (Carp.), a fox wedge.

Nose leaf (Zo["o]l.), a thin, broad, membranous fold of
skin on the nose of many species of bats. It varies
greatly in size and form.

Nose of wax, fig., a person who is pliant and easily
influenced. ``A nose of wax to be turned every way.''

Nose piece, the nozzle of a pipe, hose, bellows, etc.; the
end piece of a microscope body, to which an objective is

To hold, put, or bring one's nose to the grindstone.
See under Grindstone.

To lead by the nose, to lead at pleasure, or to cause to
follow submissively; to lead blindly, as a person leads a
beast. --Shak.

To put one's nose out of joint, to humiliate one's pride,
esp. by supplanting one in the affections of another.

To thrust one's nose into, to meddle officiously in.

To wipe one's nose of, to deprive of; to rob. [Slang]

Nose, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nosed; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To smell; to scent; hence, to track, or trace out.

2. To touch with the nose; to push the nose into or against;
hence, to interfere with; to treat insolently.

Lambs . . . nosing the mother's udder. --Tennyson.

A sort of national convention, dubious in its nature
. . . nosed Parliament in the very seat of its
authority. --Burke.

3. To utter in a nasal manner; to pronounce with a nasal
twang; as, to nose a prayer. [R.] --Cowley.

Nose (n[=o]z), v. i.
1. To smell; to sniff; to scent. --Audubon.

2. To pry officiously into what does not concern one.

Nose, v. t.
1. To confront; be closely face to face or opposite to; meet.

2. To furnish with a nose; as, to nose a stair tread.

3. To examine with the nose or sense of smell.

4. To make by advancing the nose or front end; as, the train
nosed its way into the statio; (Racing Slang) to beat by
(the length of) a nose.

Nose, v. i.
To push or move with the nose or front forward.

A train of cable cars came nosing along. --Hamlin

Synonyms: nozzle, nuzzle, olfactory organ, poke, pry, scent, wind

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