nose

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English[edit]

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Nose: the sensory organ

Etymology[edit]

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 *néh₂s- ~ *nh₂es- ‘nose, nostril’ (compare Latin nāris ‘nostril’, nāsus ‘nose’, Lithuanian nósis, Russian нос (nos), Sanskrit नासा (nā́sā) ‘nostrils’).

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Noun[edit]

nose (plural noses)

  1. A protuberance on the face housing the nostrils, which are used to breathe or smell.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 17, The China Governess[1]:
      The face which emerged was not reassuring. It was blunt and grey, the nose springing thick and flat from high on the frontal bone of the forehead, whilst his eyes were narrow slits of dark in a tight bandage of tissue.  [] .
    She has a cold in the nose.
  2. A snout, the nose of an animal.
  3. The tip of an object.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IV
      We submerged very slowly and without headway more than sufficient to keep her nose in the right direction, and as we went down, I saw outlined ahead of us the black opening in the great cliff.
    the nose of a tea-kettle, a bellows, or a fighter plane
  4. (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.
  5. The power of smelling.
    • Collier
      We are not offended with a dog for a better nose than his master.
  6. Bouquet, the smell of something, especially wine.
  7. The skill in recognising bouquet.
    It is essential that a winetaster develops a good nose.
  8. (by extension) Skill at finding information.
    A successful reporter has a nose for news.

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Verb[edit]

nose (third-person singular simple present noses, present participle nosing, simple past and past participle nosed)

  1. (intransitive) To move cautiously.
    The ship nosed through the minefield.
  2. (intransitive) To snoop.
    She was nosing around other people’s business.
  3. (transitive) To detect by smell or as if by smell.
    • circa 1601, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, act 4, sc. 3,
      If you find him not within
      this month, you shall nose him as you go up the
      stairs into the lobby.
  4. (transitive) To push with one's nose.
    • Tennyson
      lambs [] nosing the mother's udder
  5. (transitive) To nuzzle.
  6. (transitive) To win by a narrow margin.
  7. (transitive) To utter in a nasal manner; to pronounce with a nasal twang.
    to nose a prayer
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Cowley to this entry?)

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Lower Sorbian[edit]

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nose m

  1. nominative plural of nos
  2. accusative plural of nos

Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English nosu.

Noun[edit]

nose (plural noses)

  1. nose

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Old English[edit]

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nose

  1. accusative singular of nosu
  2. genitive singular of nosu
  3. dative singular of nosu
  4. nominative plural of nosu
  5. accusative plural of nosu