I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English nosu; akin to Old High German nasa nose, Latin nasus Date: before 12th century 1. 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 2. a. the sense of smell ; olfaction b. aroma, bouquet 3. the vertebrate olfactory organ 4. 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 6. 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
II. verb (nosed; nosing) Date: circa 1587 transitive verb 1. to detect by or as if by smell ; scent 2. 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 2. 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • nose — [nōz] n. [ME < OE nosu, akin to Ger nase, orig. a dual, meaning “the two nostrils” < IE base * nas , nostril > Sans nāsā, the nose, lit., pair of nostrils, L nasus, nose & naris (pl. nares), nostril] 1. the part of the human face between …   English World dictionary

  • Nose — (n[=o]z), n. [AS. nosu; akin to D. neus, G. nase, OHG. nasa, Icel. n[ o]s, Sw. n[ a]sa, Dan. n[ a]se, Lith. nosis, Russ. nos , L. nasus, nares, Skr. n[=a]s[=a], n[=a]s. [root]261. Cf. {Nasal}, {Nasturtium}, {Naze}, {Nostril}, {Nozzle}.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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