Nose - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |noʊz|  American pronunciation of the word nose
Brit.  |nəʊz|  British pronunciation of the word nose
- the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals
- a front that resembles a human nose (especially the front of an aircraft)
- the front or forward projection of a tool or weapon
- a small distance
- a symbol of inquisitiveness
- the sense of smell (especially in animals)
- a natural skill
- a projecting spout from which a fluid is discharged (syn: nozzle)
- search or inquire in a meddlesome way (syn: horn in, intrude, poke, pry)
- advance the forward part of with caution
- catch the scent of; get wind of (syn: scent, wind)
- push or move with the nose
- rub noses (syn: nuzzle)
- defeat by a narrow margin


The ball hit me right on the nose.

You need to wipe your nose.

I have a runny nose.

the long nose of the anteater

He got some water up his nose.

She wrinkled her nose in disgust.

That dog has a good nose.

The whale measures 40 feet from nose to tail.

The horse nosed my hand.

Some animal must have nosed the lid off the garbage can.

The dog nosed the door open.

The dogs were nosing around in the garbage.

The boat nosed around the bend.

I nosed my car into the parking space.

The car nosed its way into the street.

Phrasal verbs

nose out  — recognize or detect by or as if by smelling

Word forms

I/you/we/they: nose
he/she/it: noses
present participle: nosing
past tense: nosed
past participle: nosed
singular: nose
plural: noses
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