Meaning of NOSE in English


I. ˈnōz noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English nosu; akin to Old High German nasa nose, Latin nasus

Date: before 12th century


a. : the part of the face that bears the nostrils and covers the anterior part of the nasal cavity ; broadly : this part together with the nasal cavity

b. : the anterior part of the head at the top or end of the muzzle : snout , proboscis


a. : the sense of smell : olfaction

b. : aroma , bouquet

3. : the vertebrate olfactory organ


a. : the forward end or projection of something

b. : the projecting or working end of a tool

5. : the stem of a boat or its protective metal covering


a. : the nose as a symbol of prying or meddling curiosity or interference

b. : a knack for discovery or understanding

a keen nose for absurdity

- on the nose

- under one's nose

II. verb

( nosed ; nos·ing )

Date: circa 1587

transitive verb

1. : to detect by or as if by smell : scent


a. : to push or move with the nose

b. : to move (as a vehicle) ahead slowly or cautiously

nosed my car into the parking space

3. : to touch or rub with the nose : nuzzle

intransitive verb

1. : to use the nose in examining, smelling, or showing affection


a. : to search impertinently : pry

b. : poke 2a

3. : to move ahead slowly or cautiously

the boat nosed around the bend

4. : to move the forward end in a specified direction

the plane nosed up

5. : to advance into a slight lead

the car nosed ahead on the final stretch

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.