• "The elephant uses his nose as a hand."
    "The elephant uses his nose as a hand."
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Nosing (Arch) That part of the treadboard of a stair which projects over the riser; hence, any like projection, as the projecting edge of a molding.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Hit Dad in the Nose With The Butt of a Revolver 255 Hit Dad in the Nose With The Butt of a Revolver 255
His nose wuz as red as fire His nose wuz as red as fire
SHOVEL-NOSED STURGEON This fish is covered with bony plates instead of scales. The roe is made into caviar. Range: Upper and middle Mississippi Valley SHOVEL-NOSED STURGEON This fish is covered with bony plates instead of scales. The roe is made into caviar. Range:...
Dutchess balances a lump of sugar on her nose Dutchess balances a lump of sugar on her nose
I Would Give Him One on the Nose With My Left Hand 203 I Would Give Him One on the Nose With My Left Hand 203
Wagging her head and stopping every minute to cough, sneeze and blow her nose Wagging her head and stopping every minute to cough, sneeze and blow her nose
Amy capped the climax by putting a clothes-pin on her nose Amy capped the climax by putting a clothes-pin on her nose
Snapped off her nose Snapped off her nose

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Obsessive nose picking is referred to as rhinotillexomania
    • n nosing In architecture, the projecting edge of a molding or drip; the projecting molding on the edge of a step in a stair.
    • n nosing In a lock, the keeper which engages the latch or bolt.
    • n nosing A metal or rubber shield formed to fit the projecting edge of a tread or step of a stairway to protect it from wear. Such nosings are frequently extended to cover or partly cover the tread also, and roughened or embossed to prevent the feet from slipping upon them. Also called stair-nosing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cows sweat through their noses.
    • Nosing the projecting rounded edge of the step of a stair or of a moulding
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Macduff: What three things does drink especially provoke? Porter: Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “He that has a great nose, thinks everybody is speaking of it.”
  • Coolio
    “I used to walk to school with my nose buried in a book.”
  • George Robert Gissing
    George Robert Gissing
    “I know every book of mine by its smell, and I have but to put my nose between the pages to be reminded of all sorts of things.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Better a snotty child than his nose wiped off.”
  • Ivan Turgenev
    Ivan Turgenev
    “Most people can't understand how others can blow their noses differently than they do.”


Big nose - If someone has a big nose, it means they are excessively interested in everyone else's business.
Brown nose - When someone tries to make themselves popular with somebody, usually in a position of authority, especially by flattering them, they are brown nosing.
Cut off your nose to spite your face - If you cut off your nose to spite your face, you do something rash or silly that ends up making things worse for you, often because you are angry or upset.
Follow your nose - When giving directions, telling someone to follow their nose means that they should go straight ahead.
Keep your nose clean - If someone is trying to keep their Nose Clean, they are trying to stay out of trouble by not getting involved in any sort of wrong-doing.
Keep your nose to the grindstone - If you keep your nose to the grindstone, you work hard and seriously.
No skin off my nose - If something's no skin off your nose, it doesn't affect or bother you at all.
Nose in the air - If someone has their nose in the air, they behave in a way that is meant to show that they are superior to others.
On the nose - This means right on time.
Pay through the nose - If you pay through the nose for something, you pay a very high price for it.
Plain as the nose on your face - If something is as plain as the nose on your face, it is very clear and obvious.
Powder your nose - If somebody goes to powder your nose, it is a euphemism for going to the lavatory (toilet).
Put somebody's nose out of joint - If you put someone's nose out of joint, you irritate them or make them angry with you.
Thumb your nose at - If you thumb your nose at something, you reject it or scorn it.
Turn your nose up - If someone turns their nose up at something, they reject it or look odwn on it because they don't think it is good enough for them.


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


In literature:

He had a mathematically square jaw, a lopsided nose, green eyes, and sandy hair.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Carlo will pounce on me if I stick my nose out.
"Bumper, The White Rabbit" by George Ethelbert Walsh
En you clean up dat nose fore you get dere to school, too.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
If the outside of your nose itches, some one out of town loves you, and if the inside of your nose, then you are loved by some one in town.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
Lightfoot uses his nose very much as you and I use our eyes.
"The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer" by Thornton W. Burgess
The trail's so hot he don't have ter nose the ground.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
Before we left the lighted elevator car, we took a quick nose count.
"Four-Day Planet" by Henry Beam Piper
You hit it right on the nose!
"Stand by for Mars!" by Carey Rockwell
They have not the thick lips and flat nose, nor the peculiar heel of the Negro.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
The germs are almost always present in the nose and throat.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk

In poetry:

"Aliens from Heaven's worth,
Fine beasts who nose i' the earth,
Do there
Reward prepare.
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
Are they quite willing,
Do they ask to pose,
Naked and simple, chilling
The very wind's nose?
"To The Romantic Traditionists" by Allen Tate
Next her nose doth arise;
Dividing her eyes;
'Tis just what a nose should be,
In form and in size.
"A Head Piece." by Samuel Bamford
"Busy Mistress One-Eye
With her long white train
Dips her nose and down she goes--
Up she comes again.
"April" by Nancy Byrd Turner
A goblet next I'll drink
To Ovid, and suppose,
Made he the pledge, he'd think
The world had all one nose.
"To Live Merrily, And To Trust To Good Verses" by Robert Herrick
When Edward could survey things o'er,
Finding his nose a little sore,
Boldly for satisfaction sought;
A writ for "'sault and batt'ry" brought.
Thus he who sav'd a life, ill-sped,
Was now in a worse state than Ned.
"The True Lover's Knot" by William Hutton

In news:

Bob Hope , ski jump-nosed master of the one-liner and favorite comedian of servicemen and presidents alike, has died, just two months after turning 100.
Isn't his nose longer and thinner.
Scrapbook traces the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Geraldo Rivera's Nose Broken In Scuffle on His Talk Show.
Sure, some shows are funny now — but not in the spit-diet-Coke-out-of-your-nose kind of way.
Boyd Smoothster chassis, Mustang Mach 3 side panels, lengthened nose, shortened bed, Vette rear faschia, Vette L-88 hood scoop, Vette engine and drive train.
TheFIA Institute's technical advisor, Andy Mellor, reckons that cars being launched into the air after nose-to-wheel collisions, like when Webber struck the back of Heikki Kovalainen's Lotus, could be eradicated by tweaking regulations.
She got it when she was only two pounds and she hits it with her nose and NEVER MISSES.
There's a reason Jazz are hard-nosed defensive team.
Obama's Chicago: In this home to hard-nosed politics, Dems still biting their nails.
The airframe was fitted with an early T2 specification nose and three-tone camouflage paint scheme that is unique to the early Harriers .
Princess Haya , making her graded stakes debut, rallied along the hedge to nose the 2008 Eclipse Award-winning turf female.
Some Nose-Job Patients Have Mental Health Problem .
What most people fail to realize is that a pissed off hedgehog WILL rip your nose off.
King Henry I 's nose just fine with me.

In science:

This is a strict internal category in the sense that associativity holds on the nose (and not just up to natural transformations).
Supersymmetric field theories and generalized cohomology
Gorodnichy, D. and Roth, G., Nouse ‘Use your nose a s a mouse ’ perceptual vision technology for hands-free games and interfaces.
A Prototype System for Controlling a Computer by Head Movements and Voice Commands
Fig. 3(b) depicts this process for the particular case P = 3, i.e., using eyes, nose and mouth as features.
Discriminative Local Sparse Representations for Robust Face Recognition
In Fig. 3(c), an example instantiation is shown for P = 3 where the local regions correspond to eyes, nose and mouth respectively.
Discriminative Local Sparse Representations for Robust Face Recognition
All simulations were performed in the N V T ensemble with periodic boundary conditions and the Nose-Hoover algorithm [39–41].
What constitutes a simple liquid?