Nosing
Nose Nose, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nosed} (n[=o]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Nosing}.] 1. To smell; to scent; hence, to track, or trace out. [1913 Webster]

2. To touch with the nose; to push the nose into or against; hence, to interfere with; to treat insolently. [1913 Webster]

Lambs . . . nosing the mother's udder. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

A sort of national convention, dubious in its nature . . . nosed Parliament in the very seat of its authority. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

3. To utter in a nasal manner; to pronounce with a nasal twang; as, to nose a prayer. [R.] --Cowley. [1913 Webster]

4. To confront; be closely face to face or opposite to; meet. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

5. To furnish with a nose; as, to nose a stair tread. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

6. To examine with the nose or sense of smell. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

7. To make by advancing the nose or front end; as, the train nosed its way into the station; [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

8. (Racing Slang) to beat by (the length of) a nose. Hence, to defeat in a contest by a small margin; also used in the form {nose out}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • nosing — [nō′ziŋ] n. [ NOSE + ING] 1. the projecting edge of a step; that part of the tread which extends beyond the riser 2. a strip, as of metal, for protecting this edge from wear 3. any projection like a stair nosing …   English World dictionary

  • Nosing — Nos ing, n. (Arch.) That part of the treadboard of a stair which projects over the riser; hence, any like projection, as the projecting edge of a molding. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nosing — noun Date: circa 1775 the usually rounded edge of a stair tread that projects over the riser; also a similar rounded projection …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nosing — /noh zing/, n. Archit. a projecting edge, as the part of the tread of a step extending beyond the riser or a projecting part of a buttress. [1765 75; NOSE + ING1] * * * …   Universalium

  • nosing — nəʊzɪŋ n. lip of a step, projection on the edge of a step nəʊz n. facial feature above the mouth and below the eyes; part of the body used for smelling and breathing; sense of smell; propensity for detecting; proboscis; snout v. smell,… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • nosing — noun a rounded edge of a step or moulding. ↘a metal shield for such an edge …   English new terms dictionary

  • nosing — nos·ing …   English syllables

  • nosing — nos•ing [[t]ˈnoʊ zɪŋ[/t]] n. archit. a projecting edge, as the part of the tread of a step extending beyond the riser • Etymology: 1765–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • nosing — /ˈnoʊzɪŋ/ (say nohzing) noun a projecting edge, as the part of the tread of a step extending beyond the riser, or a projecting part of a buttress. {nos(e) + ing1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • nosing — See shaving …   Dictionary of automotive terms

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