• (RP, New Zealand) IPA: /nɒd/
  • (GA) IPA: /nɑd/
  • (Australia, Estuary English, Wales) IPA: /nɔd/

nod (nods, present participle nodding; past and past participle nodded)

  1. (ambitransitive) To incline the head up and down, as to indicate agreement.
  2. (ambitransitive) To briefly incline the head downwards as a cursory greeting.
  3. (ambitransitive) To sway, move up and down.
    • By every wind that nods the mountain pine.
    • 1819 "Frail snowdrops that together cling / and nod their helmets, smitten by the wing / of many a furious whirl-blast sweeping by." (Wordsworth, On Seeing a Tuft of Snowdrops in a Storm)
  4. (intransitive) To gradually fall asleep.
  5. (transitive) To signify by a nod.
    They nodded their assent.
  6. (intransitive) To make a mistake by being temporarily inattentive or tired
    Even Homer nods.
  7. (transitive, intransitive, soccer) To head; to strike the ball with one's head.
    Jones nods the ball back to his goalkeeper.
  8. (intransitive, figuratively) To allude to something.
    • March 15 2012, Soctt Tobias, The Kid With A Bike [Review]
      Though the title nods to the Italian neo-realist classic Bicycle Thieves—and Cyril, much like the father and son in that movie, spends much of his time tracking down the oft-stolen possession—The Kid With A Bike isn’t about the bike as something essential to his livelihood, but as his sole connection to the freedom and play of childhood itself.
  9. (intransitive, slang) To fall asleep while under the influence of opiates.
Related terms Translations Translations Noun

nod (plural nods)

  1. An instance of inclining the head up and down, as to indicate agreement, or as a cursory greeting.
  2. A reference or allusion to something.
  3. A nomination.
    For the fifth time in her career she received a Grammy nod, she has yet to win the award.
    • 2011 Allen Gregory, "Pilot" (season 1, episode 1):
      Allen Gregory DeLongpre: Really putting a damper on the ol' Tony nod.
  4. (figurative) Approval.
    The plan is expected to get the nod from councillors at the next meeting.

nod (plural nods)

  1. (legal) Initialism of notice#English|notice Of disagreement#English|disagreement; filed by an appellant in response to a denial of veteran's benefits in United States law.
  2. (military, US) Initialism of Night Vision Device (“Night Optical/Observation Device}”).

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