• N nodded at it. O opened it. P peeped at it
    N nodded at it. O opened it. P peeped at it
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj nodding having branches or flower heads that bend downward "nodding daffodils","the pendulous branches of a weeping willow","lilacs with drooping panicles of fragrant flowers"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Albania, nodding your head means "no" and shaking your head means "yes."
    • a Nodding Curved so that the apex hangs down; having the top bent downward.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: New Hampshire law forbids you to tap your feet, nod your head, or in any way keep time to the music in a tavern, restaurant, or cafe.
    • n nodding The act of one who nods: also used attributively: as, a nodding acquaintance (an acquaintance involving no recognition other than a nod).
    • nodding Having a drooping position; bending with a quick motion: as, a nodding plume; specifically, in botany, having a short bend in the peduncle below the flower, causing the latter to face downward; cernuous.
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  • Lord Byron
    “I would rather have a nod from an American, than a snuff-box from an emperor.”
  • Henry S. Haskins
    Henry S. Haskins
    “The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively, but says nothing.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Use non-verbal communication to SOFTEN the hard-line position of others: S = Smile O = Open Posture F = Forward Lean T = Touch E = Eye Contact N = Nod.”
  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “A woman who can't forgive should never have more than a nodding acquaintance with a man.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.”
  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
    “Come, cuddle your head on my shoulder, dear, your head like the golden-rod, and we will go sailing away from here to the beautiful land of Nod.”


Get the nod - (UK) If you get the nod to something, you get approval or permission to do it.
Give the nod - (UK) If you give the nod to something, you approve it or give permission to do it.
Land of nod - If someone has gone to the land of nod, they have fallen asleep or gone to bed.
Nod's as good as a wink - (UK) 'A nod's as good as a wink' is a way of saying you have understood something that someone has said, even though it was not said directly. The full phrase (sometimes used in the UK ) is 'a nod's as good as a wink to a blind horse'.
On the nod - (UK) If something is accepted by parliament or a committee majority, it is on the nod.


In literature:

Everyone nodded and smiled.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
Foyle nodded and walked up the steps.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Linnell continued his rounds, sparing a nod here; a nod there, almost a full smile at times, and at times, too, a sharp snap of criticism.
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
Compared with the girth of the forest giant, it looked the merest trifle, but he nodded gaspingly.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
He nodded to them over his spectacles, then helped himself to a slice of meat.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
She nodded her head and tightened the thin line of her lips.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Miss Snowden nodded comprehension.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
The small head nodded.
"Phyllis" by Dorothy Whitehill
The sick man looked at the boy, and nodded with a faint smile.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
Bonnets with things in them that nodded, and generally black.
"Moor Fires" by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
For every man, boy, and girl he had a nod, a smile, or a pleasant word.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Jim nodded, though his eyes were startled.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
The flower nodded, too, as if moved by the breeze that was wreathing the smoke over all the roofs.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Sandy nodded and let the dog get down.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
She nodded her head at him, hoping he would understand that she was saying that they should keep each other's secrets.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
She nodded and smiled in open approval.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
The man at the organ looked leisurely around, nodding his big head and smiling.
"Unfinished Portraits" by Jennette Lee
He saw that Isom was the landlord, and he gave him a nod and smile.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
He nodded to us briefly and looked expectant.
"Gold" by Stewart White
He wiped his short black beard, and nodded to Vogt.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein

In poetry:

The cape lay far ahead, and high upon it
Now and again a row of columns showed.
The gods' song made me nod. Our vessel rode
The lilac waves and climbed each snowy summit.
"The Archipelago" by Ivan Bunin
At every stroake and every stay
The boughs kept time, and nodding lay,
And listened bending all one way:
The aspen tree
As well as hee
Began to shake and learn'd to play.
"When Orpheus Sweetly Did Complayne" by William Strode
How did my dazzled eye delighted rove
Thro' every roseate bow'r and verdant shade!
There trace the winding stream, the nodding grove,
The solitary path, the op'ning glade!
"To Imagination" by Maria Logan
So o'er their wine did Great Ones sit and nod,
Ordaining War . . . . as it befell:
Men drunk with drum and trumpet mouthed of God
And reeled down blood-washed roads to Hell!
"Destiny" by Arthur John Arbuthnott Stringer
Not son? Not son? Not even--even if
Thy daughter's gratitude had in her bosom
Prepared the way for love--not even if
Both wait thy nod alone to be but one? -
You do not speak?
"Nathan The Wise - Act III" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
As I rode in to Gundagai,
I met a man and passed him by
Without a nod, without a word.
He turned, and said he'd never heard
Or seen a man so wise as I.
But I rode on to Gundagai.
"The Traveller" by C J Dennis

In news:

You can temper the nodding effect by placing the perennial in a raised bed, on a hillside or in a tall container.
I pointed out that I'm also wearing green, though - still a nod to my team.
H-E-B expanding downtown, Fear of Southtown loafing (times infinity), ICMA nods at SA, Casa Maldonado not so wretched.
In a throwback to the past -- with a nod to the environment.
With a nod to the popularity of David Letterman's nightly Top 10 List, Normand St-Pierre developed one of his own, but with a dairy nutrition twist.
A nod to the man's impressive upper lip growth.
Great stuff all over the place with the usual nod to providence and related sounds.
However, many of you will surely nod your heads in agreement as you recognize people you know - perhaps yourself - in the characters I have described.
Jay Cutler nodded in agreement, acknowledging perhaps it's somewhat of a minor miracle he left New Meadowlands on Monday night in one piece.
Motorcycle repair shop gets nod for SUP next to Cave Creek Welding.
New Spymaster Wins Senate Nod.
This Hollywood blend of drama, design and innovation--including 7.1 CinemaScope theater, pop-up televisions, and multiple surround-sound areas--earns our eager nod as best Home of the Year.
In a satiric nod to the Disney blockbuster, teen missionaries discover "Africa is nothing like 'The Lion King'".
True, Taka Black also takes cues from Rihanna and Adele on Pure Imagination, but that nod to classic rock shows where part of the rapper's head is at.
Another nod for Knoxville's Best Bar.

In science:

Gemini/GMOS-S spectra of these ob jects, obtained using nod & shuffle, are presented together with a discussion of their photometric properties.
Three Lyman-alpha Emitters at z approx 6: Early GMOS/Gemini Data from the GLARE Project
In order to improve removal of sky emission and detector dark current, the observations were performed in nodding mode with a shift of 10 arcsec between the two settings of the star in the slit.
Sulphur and zinc abundances in Galactic halo stars revisited
Since the data of Figure 19 show a clear repeatability, over several days, it still is worthwhile to pursue an interpretation since it may open the possibilty to measure pointing changes along the elevation axis and perpendicular to the elevation axis (nodding error).
Mechanical Measurements of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
The first parameter of this method specifies the destination of the message (either a single nod e, or null to denote all neighbors), the second parameter is the message itself (being any kind of object whose reference can be directly passed to the destination(s)).
The JBotSim Library
Furthermore, showing that a symmetric β -space closed under intersection induces a uniform space only required a brief nod to this condition.
Beta Spaces: New Generalizations of Typically-Metric Properties
Ob ject frames are reduced by subtracting opposing nods to remove sky and dark backgrounds, dividing by a flat field, and correcting for bad pixels.
Rotational Velocities of Individual Components in Very Low Mass Binaries
Order 33 was spatially rectified by fitting the trace of each nod of A0 calibrators with third order polynomials, and then applying the results of those fits across the image.
Rotational Velocities of Individual Components in Very Low Mass Binaries
The maximum separation detectable by SINFONI is 30 kpc at z = 2 due to the larger total field of view of SINFONI, however we nod the source around 4 quadrants of the IFU and therefore the effective field of view is approximately 30 kpc by 30 kpc.
Integral Field Spectroscopy of 2.0
All of these extensions are based on the traditional definition of domination where the nod es deterministically dominate their immediate (or L-hop) neighbors.
Random-walk domination in large graphs: problem definitions and fast solutions
The observing strategy for a single setting included nodding the telescope to obtain spectra at 4 (at the MMT) or 6 (at the 2.3m and 1.55m telescopes) different positions along the slit, and integrating at each position for 3 − 20 seconds, depending on the apparent brightness of the ob ject and the sky background.
A Medium-Resolution Near-Infrared Spectral Library of Late Type Stars: I
Most of the obvious ones got at least a nod.
Astrophysics in 2005
MB invokes doses of cosmogony and circumstance, with a strong nod to culture.
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
In the first method, we propagate the uncertainties in the gaussian fit to the line flux to determine the uncertainty on the average flux from both nod positions.
The Spitzer/IRS Infrared Spectrum and Abundances of the Planetary Nebula IC 2448
In the second method, we use the standard deviation of the fluxes measured in the two nod positions to determine the uncertainty on the average flux from both nod positions.
The Spitzer/IRS Infrared Spectrum and Abundances of the Planetary Nebula IC 2448
For IRS spectroscopic data, we use the difference of two spectra obtained at different nod positions (as produced during a typical IRS observation) to calculate the statistical uncertainties (see Appendix B for details).
Decomposing Dusty Galaxies. I. Multi-Component Spectral Energy Distribution Fitting