nose ring


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nose ring a ring worn on the nose as an ornament or on the nose of an animal to control it
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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.”


In literature:

He had a brown ring round the end of his tail, and a white spot on the tip of his nose.
"Folk-Lore and Legends: North American Indian" by Anonymous
I'd as soon wear a nose-ring as have Ralph wear a beard.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
The people are better dressed, and the women have rings of gold in their noses and ears.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
Its nose and feet were completely black, while its breast and throat were white, and a whitish ring was around each of the eyes.
"The Desert Home" by Mayne Reid
Some wear nose rings and all wear bangles that clash as they walk.
"In Mesopotamia" by Martin Swayne
Let's come and swing on the ring, if you are quite sure about your poor nose.
"Peggy" by Laura E. Richards
Many of them pierce their noses, in order to put rings through.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
A silver nose ring rested on the mustache.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Put rings in my nose?
"She Would Be a Soldier" by Mordecai Manuel Noah
His nose then strikes the bell and rings it.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
They all wear earrings and bracelets and nose-rings.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
A bull should always be held by a staff attached to the ring in his nose.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
He's got rings in their noses, that's why.
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
I hope the bull had a ring on his nose.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Never have pastured the orchard, but think hogs with rings in their noses would be a benefit.
"The Apple" by Various
Your true lover has no will of his own, but is led like an ox, with a ring in his nose.
"Historic Tales, Vol 14 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
This fish, who wore a ring through his nose, had also come to take part in the unexpected feast.
"The City Curious" by Jean de Bosschère
There is just room enough for him to stick his nose out, and while in this position rings can be inserted.
"Home Pork Making" by A. W. Fulton
Only, the pigs have rings on their noses, and the slaves had rings round their necks.
"Rewards and Fairies" by Rudyard Kipling
The women, especially in Upper Egypt, not infrequently wear nose-rings.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various

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
R was a ring-tailed Raccoon,
With eyes of the tinge of the moon,
And his nose a blue-black,
And the fur on his back
A sad sort of sallow maroon.
"Billy's Alphabetical Animal Show" by James Whitcomb Riley
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:

For her '90s-themed cover, Johansson looks completely transformed with gray and black hair, heavy eyeliner, dark red lips and a nose ring .
Nose bloodied and eyes watering, George Plimpton was nonetheless triumphant, in his way, after a stint in the ring with Archie Moore.
She has a nose ring and three piercings between her eyebrows.
17 Get a gold nose ring.
McDonald's Breakfast Burrito Ruined by Pesky Nose Ring.
The good news is we found your nose ring.
The nose ring was found in the one her daughter, 4, was eating.
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.
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.
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