Definition of Nose

Pronunciation: nōzd
1.(Anat.) The prominent part of the face or anterior extremity of the head containing the nostrils and olfactory cavities; the olfactory organ. See Nostril, and Olfactory organ under Olfactory.
2.The power of smelling; hence, scent.
We are not offended with a dog for a better nose than his master.
- Collier.
3.A projecting end or beak at the front of an object; a snout; a nozzle; a spout; as, the nose of a bellows; the nose of a teakettle.
Nose bit
(Carp.) a bit similar to a gouge bit, but having a cutting edge on one side of its boring end.
Nose hammer
(Mach.) a frontal hammer.
Nose hole
(Glass Making) a small opening in a furnace, before which a globe of crown glass is held and kept soft at the beginning of the flattening process.
Nose key
(Carp.) a fox wedge.
Nose leaf
(Zool.) a thin, broad, membranous fold of skin on the nose of many species of bats. It varies greatly in size and form.
Nose of wax
a person who is pliant and easily influenced.
Nose piece
the nozzle of a pipe, hose, bellows, etc.; the end piece of a microscope body, to which an objective is attached.
- Massinger
To hold one's nose to the grindstone
See under Grindstone.
To lead by the nose
to lead at pleasure, or to cause to follow submissively; to lead blindly, as a person leads a beast.
To put one's nose out of joint
to humiliate one's pride, esp. by supplanting one in the affections of another.
- Shak.
To thrust one's nose into
to meddle officiously in.
To wipe one's nose of
to deprive of; to rob.
on the nose
a - exactly, accurately.
b - (racing) to win, as opposed to to place or to show.
v. t.1.To smell; to scent; hence, to track, or trace out.
[imp. & p. p. Nosed (nōzd); p. pr. & vb. n. Nosing.]
2.To touch with the nose; to push the nose into or against; hence, to interfere with; to treat insolently.
Lambs . . . nosing the mother's udder.
- Tennyson.
A sort of national convention, dubious in its nature . . . nosed Parliament in the very seat of its authority.
- Burke.
3.To utter in a nasal manner; to pronounce with a nasal twang; as, to nose a prayer.
4.To confront; be closely face to face or opposite to; meet.
5.To furnish with a nose; as, to nose a stair tread.
6.To examine with the nose or sense of smell.
7.To make by advancing the nose or front end; as, the train nosed its way into the station;
8.(Racing Slang) to beat by (the length of) a nose.
v. i.1.To push or move with the nose or front forward.
A train of cable cars came nosing along.
- Hamlin Garland.
1.To smell; to sniff; to scent.
2.To pry officiously into what does not concern one; to nose around.

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