nose

Your nose is the body part sticking out of your face (not that pimple, the pointy feature with two nostrils used for smelling).

A nose is a sense organ — your nose tells you if the milk's gone bad or the cantaloupe is ripe. Dogs' noses give them even more information, about where their owners have been or which neighbor cats have been hanging out in their yards. If someone says you "have a nose" for something, they mean you're talented at it. As a verb, nose means to pry or meddle, or for an animal to push its nose against or into something.

Primary Meanings of nose

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the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals
catch the scent of; get wind of
2.
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a front that resembles a human nose (especially the front of an aircraft)
advance the forward part of with caution
3.
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a symbol of inquisitiveness
search or inquire in a meddlesome way
4.
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a small distance
defeat by a narrow margin
Full Definitions of nose
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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
Synonyms:
olfactory organ
Types:
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neb, snout
a long projecting or anterior elongation of an animal's head; especially the nose
rostrum, snout
beaklike projection of the anterior part of the head of certain insects such as e.g. weevils
beak, honker, hooter, nozzle, schnoz, schnozzle, snoot, snout
informal terms for the nose
conk
informal term for the nose
hawk nose
a nose curved downward like the beak of a hawk
proboscis
the human nose (especially when it is large)
pug nose
a short nose; flattened and turned up at the end
Roman nose, hooknose
a nose with a prominent slightly aquiline bridge
proboscis, trunk
a long flexible snout as of an elephant
Type of:
chemoreceptor
a sensory receptor that responds to chemical stimuli

n the sense of smell (especially in animals)

“the hound has a good nose
Type of:
olfaction, olfactory modality, sense of smell, smell
the faculty that enables us to distinguish scents

n a natural skill

“he has a nose for good deals”
Type of:
science, skill
ability to produce solutions in some problem domain

v catch the scent of; get wind of

“The dog nosed out the drugs”
Synonyms:
scent, wind
Type of:
smell
inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense

v rub noses

Synonyms:
nuzzle
Type of:
caress, fondle
touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner
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n a front that resembles a human nose (especially the front of an aircraft)

“the nose of the rocket heated up on reentry”
Type of:
front
the side that is seen or that goes first

n the front or forward projection of a tool or weapon

“he ducked under the nose of the gun”
Type of:
front
the side that is seen or that goes first

n a projecting spout from which a fluid is discharged

Synonyms:
nozzle
Types:
showerhead
a perforated nozzle that showers water on a bather
Type of:
spout
an opening that allows the passage of liquids or grain

v advance the forward part of with caution

“She nosed the car into the left lane”
Type of:
advance, bring forward
cause to move forward

v push or move with the nose

Type of:
force, push
move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
3

n a symbol of inquisitiveness

“keep your nose out of it”
Type of:
symbol
an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance

v search or inquire in a meddlesome way

“This guy is always nosing around the office”
Synonyms:
horn in, intrude, poke, pry
Type of:
look, search
search or seek
4

n a small distance

“my horse lost the race by a nose
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

v defeat by a narrow margin

Type of:
defeat, get the better of, overcome
win a victory over

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