• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Nose-ring an ornament worn in the septum of the nose or in either of its wings
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  • Herbert Spencer
    “Marriage: A ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of the gentleman.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. nosu; Ger. nase, L. nasus.


In literature:

Not one of them suffered a ring in her nose or paint on her cheeks, and all seemed proud of their hair.
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable
He had a golden ring in his nose, and a white cotton frock over his shoulders.
"On the Spanish Main" by John Masefield
They should content themselves with fencing his Honor in, or, if necessary, putting a ring in his nose.
"Autographs for Freedom, Volume 2 (of 2) (1854)" by Various
One hundred Negroes, their noses bored, and hung with rings of brilliants, playing upon wind instruments and kettle-drums.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
A huge ring appeared about the nose of the Thessian ship, fitting snugly over it.
"Invaders from the Infinite" by John Wood Campbell
She was certainly smart enough to lead one half-trained perceptive around by a ring in my nose.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
And at any rate the nose-ring and small earrings in the upper ear should be of gold if worn at all.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
Pigs were rings in their noses and are fond of apple-peal.
"The Cock-House at Fellsgarth" by Talbot Baines Reed
The natives who manned them wore rings in their ears and noses.
"The Cruise of the Dainty" by William H. G. Kingston
Basor women are not permitted to wear nose-rings on pain of exclusion from caste.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
He put a silver paper ring through my Father's beautiful nose!
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Many are hideously disfigured by large nose rings, while others have small rings or jewels set in one nostril.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
The snouter is a scissors-like device for clamping a ring in the pig's nose.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
Then the knots are loosed, and the cords slip from the nose-rings.
"In Court and Kampong" by Hugh Clifford
That ring was put in his nose to be fastened to a chain.
"The Nursery, January 1877, Volume XXI, No. 1" by Various
As he stared at her, he realized she was wearing an immense, diamond- encrusted nose ring and long pendant earrings, also of diamonds.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
In some districts there are peculiar customs, such as the wearing of small silver nose-rings, seen in El-Jofra.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6" by Various
Her nose was sharp, her lips tight, her figure angular and spare, but he noticed she had beautiful hands on which gleamed some fine old rings.
"The Man with the Double Heart" by Muriel Hine
Oh, we will tame them; they shall have a ring through their noses like the buffalo!
"The Swiss Family Robinson" by Jean Rudolph Wyss
The gesture swung the heavy leading-bar, digging the nose ring cruelly into his sensitive nostrils.
"Lad: A Dog" by Albert Payson Terhune

In poetry:

Before its nose the smoke arose;
The flame grew nigher, nigher;
And then I saw its bright eyes close
Beside that ring of fire.
"The Smoking Frog" by Robert W Service
Indeed, the “fashion” is a thing
That never cramped your cornless toes:
Your single jewel is a ring
Slung in your penetrated nose.
"Black Lizzie" by Henry Kendall
There was an Old Person of Tring,
Who embellished his nose with a ring;
Ha gazed at the moon
Every evening in June,
That ecstatic Old Person in Tring.
"Limerick: There was an Old Person of Tring" by Edward Lear
Could Romance live there? Alas,
It took wings!
Louis, you can take the class,
You can have the lot - I pass -
With their petticoats of grass,
And nose-rings
"Wrecked Illusions" by Victor James Daley
And their tank ears hung in loops,
And were well
Loaded down with rings in groups,
Blocks of wood, and things like scoops,
and their noses shone with hoops
Made of shell.
"Wrecked Illusions" by Victor James Daley
Aye! so ends the tussle, — I knew the tan muzzle
Was first, though the ring-men were yelling "Dead heat!"
A nose I could swear by, but Clarke said, "The mare by
A short head." And that's how the favourite was beat.
"How We Beat The Favourite" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

At just 13, Shimu is arguably the most beautiful girl in her neighborhood, with her pitch-black eyes and silver nose ring.
It's not just that the nose looks like a drinker 's nose, losing definition day by day as my own did when I drank, there's something about the behavior that rings a bell.
Help the Hacienda Heights Library ring in the holiday season with a holiday concert on Tuesday, Nov 27, from 7 to 8 p.m. Join in favorites such as "Jingle Bells" and "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.".
The mom's biggest concern was that the nose ring posed a choking hazard, and not that it had been in somebody's nose.
A woman in Georgia says she's outraged--after finding a nose ring in her breakfast burrito from McDonalds.
Woman finds nose ring in McDonald's burrito .
A Georgia woman claims she found a nose ring in a breakfast burrito she bought at McDonald's in Lawrenceville.
Camila Vallejo, a fetching young woman with tousled tresses and a silver nose ring, grew up in a different Chile — an era of democratic rebirth and economic boom.
A nose-ring-wearing, bike-fixing, chore-sharing 28-year-old could decide one of the most expensive and closely watched congressional races in the country.
The nose ring is required for show bulls over seven months old.
And you fucking hate them, or you're jealous like when some dude with a nose ring tells you he's in an open relationship.
Mother finds nose ring in daughter's McDonald's breakfast burrito.
I'd like a burrito… hold the nose ring, please.
Colonel Richard Sharpe (Sean Bean, The Lord of the Rings) may have a nose for mischief, but his only interest now is returning to England.
We've hotly debated the merits of the faux nose ring, but how about this pierced sweater from ASOS' latest Fall/Winter collection.

In science:

The first is to work with topological spaces (or better yet, simplicial sets) which have a commutative ring structure, where the addition and multiplication are given by continuous maps; here we require the axioms of a commutative ring to be satisfied “on the nose”.
Derived Algebraic Geometry V: Structured Spaces