Pronunciation Noun

nose (plural noses)

  1. A protuberance on the face housing the nostrils, which are used to breathe or smell.
    She has a cold in the nose.
  2. A snout, the nose of an animal.
  3. The tip of an object.
    the nose of a tea-kettle, a bellows, or a fighter plane
    • 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.
  4. The bulge on the side of a piece of a jigsaw puzzle, that fits into the hole of its adjacent piece.
  5. (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.
  6. A perfumer.
  7. The power of smelling.
    • We are not offended with a dog for a better nose than his master.
  8. Bouquet, the smell of something, especially wine.
  9. The skill in recognising bouquet.
    It is essential that a winetaster develops a good nose.
  10. (by extension) Skill at finding information.
    A successful reporter has a nose for news.
  11. (architecture) A downward projection from a cornice.
    Synonyms: drip
  12. (slang) An informer.
Synonyms Verb

nose (noses, present participle nosing; past and past participle nosed)

  1. (intransitive) To move cautiously by advancing its front end.
    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; to nuzzle.
    • 1868, Alfred Tennyson, Lucretius
      lambs […] nosing the mother's udder
  5. (transitive) To defeat (as in a race or other contest) by a narrow margin; sometimes with out.
  6. (transitive) To utter in a nasal manner; to pronounce with a nasal twang.
    to nose a prayer
  7. (transitive) To furnish with a nose.
    to nose a stair tread
  8. (transitive) To confront; be closely face to face or opposite to.
  • Italian: andare a naso
  • Russian: осторожно дви́гаться
  • German: schnüffeln
  • Italian: mettere il naso
  • Russian: сова́ть нос в чужой
Translations Translations
  • Russian: толка́ть носом
  • Italian: vincere per un soffio

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