• Section of the Right Nasal Cavity
    Section of the Right Nasal Cavity
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj nasal sounding as if the nose were pinched "a whining nasal voice"
    • adj nasal of or in or relating to the nose "nasal passages"
    • n nasal an elongated rectangular bone that forms the bridge of the nose
    • n nasal a consonant produced through the nose with the mouth closed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nasal (Med) A medicine that operates through the nose; an errhine.
    • Nasal (Zoöl) A plate, or scale, on the nose of a fish, etc.
    • Nasal An elementary sound which is uttered through the nose, or through both the nose and the mouth simultaneously.
    • Nasal (Phon) Having a quality imparted by means of the nose; and specifically, made by lowering the soft palate, in some cases with closure of the oral passage, the voice thus issuing (wholly or partially) through the nose, as in the consonants mnngsee Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 20, 208); characterized by resonance in the nasal passage; as, a nasal vowel; a nasal utterance.
    • Nasal (Anat) Of or pertaining to the nose.
    • Nasal (Anat) One of the nasal bones.
    • Nasal (Anc. Armor) Part of a helmet projecting to protect the nose; a nose guard.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • nasal Of or pertaining to the nose or nostrils; narial; rhinal.
    • nasal Uttered with resonance in the nose, or with admission of the expelled air into the nasal passages, by relaxation or dropping of the palatal veil that shuts them off from the pharynx. A nasal sound uttered with complete closure of the mouth-organs is a nasal stop, or check, or mute, or oftenest called a nasal merely: such in English are n, m, ng, uttered respectively in the mouth-positions of d, b, g. There are apt to be in any language as many such as there are positions of mute-closure; thus, in Sanskrit there are five. A nasal uttered in a vowel-position of the mouth-organs is a nasal vowel: such are the French an, on, in, un, the Portuguese ão, etc. Nasal semivowels are also possible. And sometimes the whole utterance is rendered more or less nasal (the ‘nasal twang’) by habitual relaxation of the velar closure.
    • nasal In entomology, pertaining to the nasus or clypeus.
    • nasal In ornithology, the depressions upon the bill of a bird in which the external nostrils open. These are usually wellmarked fossæ at or near the base of the bill, on either side of the culmen, naked or filled in with feathers, or arched over by an operculum or nasal scale; their characters are often of zoological importance. See cuts and diagram under bill.
    • nasal frontal, a process of the frontal bone in part supporting the two nasal bones;
    • nasal anterior, a median process of each maxillary bone, together forming one spine which projects at the base of the outer nostrils or anterior nares;
    • nasal posterior, a corresponding median process of the conjoined palate-bones in the floor of the posterior nares, at the root of the uvula. The last two processes are sometimes called prenasal and postnasal. The anterior process has some ethnological significance, being best developed in the higher races of men, and is also one of several datum-points in craniometry.
    • n nasal A part of a helmet which protects the nose and adjacent parts of the face. It was made in various forms. Also called nose-piece. See also cut-under helmet.
    • n nasal A sound uttered through or partly through the nose: especially, a nasal mute or stop, as m, n, ng.
    • n nasal In anatomy, one of the nasal bones. In the higher vertebrates they are a pair of bones of the surface of the skull, in relation with the frontal, lacrymal, or maxillary bones, covering in more or less of the nasal cavity. They are very variable in shape in different animals, less so in position and relations: in man they form the bridge of the nose. In the osseous fishes different bones have been identified as representatives of the nasals. According to Cuvier, they are a pair of separated small tubiform bones in front of the frontals, called by others turbinals. According to Owen, they are represented by an unpaired projecting bone in front of the frontals, more generally considered to be the ethmoid. The nasals were regarded by Owen as forming the neural spine of the foremost, rhinencephalic, or nasal vertebra. See cuts under craniofacial. Crotalus, Lepidosiren, Anura., and holorhinal.
    • n nasal In herpetology, a nasal plate or shield.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Nasal nā′zal belonging to the nose: affected by, or sounded through, the nose
    • n Nasal a letter or sound uttered through the nose: the nose-piece in a helmet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from L. nasus, the nose. See Nose


In literature:

One was haranguing the other, speaking in nasal, querulous, unmistakable tones and the speaker's back was towards her.
"A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike" by Charles King
Louder than the loudest trumpet, harsh as harshest ophicleide, Nasal respirations answer the endearments of his bride.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
The nasal, portentous boom of the evangelist calling himself Brother Paul (real name: Algernon Knight Mood) announced the 2nd Advent.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
The French nasal n often disappeared before r. Thus denree, lit.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
He was slow of speech, with a nasal twang that reminded me of Dr. Horace Bushnell.
"Lights and Shadows in Confederate Prisons" by Homer B. Sprague
You will wonder in what manner this could be effected, inquiring whether the quadrupeds voluntarily performed this nasal imbibing?
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
It differs from Sanskrit principally in its sibilants, nasals, and aspirates.
"Chips From A German Workshop - Volume I" by Friedrich Max Müller
The inter-maxillaries are very long, and the nasals short.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Besides, he knew she had a rather nasal voice.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
He imitates the sound of chickens in his language and the nasal "nga" of the carabao.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert

In poetry:

Nasal intonations of light
and clicking tongues * * *
publicity of windows
stoning me with pent-up cries * * *
smells of abattoirs * * *
smells of long-dead meat.
"Jaguar" by Lola Ridge
TELL me, O Provincial! speak, Ceruleo-Nasal!
Lives there one De Sauty extant now among you,
Whispering Boanerges, son of silent thunder,
Holding talk with nations?
"De Sauty" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Using her comedic skills and engaging personality, Wanda Sykes is on a mission to help consumers find their "ideal nasal mate" … for their clothes.
A new smell discovered by scientists is being hailed as the nasal equivalent of white noise.
View full size (Press-Register/Mike Kittrell) Mobile County Public Schools nurse Lorene H Greene administers the nasal mist swine flu vaccine to A.J.
And it apparently comes in a nasal spray.
Those exposed to nasal oxytocin avoided attractive, unknown women, study says.
Health officials say all Albertans are now eligible to receive a nasal spray vaccine against influenza .
Nasal form of flu vaccine catching on.
Japan Scientists Set To Begin Nasal -Tissue Transplants To Spinal Cords.
Nasal Spray can now stop people from cheating. Airlines Prepare For Peak Holiday Travel And Germ Season Offering NOZIN® Nasal Sanitizer® To Help Keep Passengers Healthy.
Ocean Saline Nasal Sprays most recommended by pharmacists for 15 years.
Valeant Consumer Products recently announced that its line of Ocean Saline Nasal Sprays has been the most recommended by pharmacists for 15 years running.
Could Special Nasal Spray Stop Heroin Overdoses.
Juvenile xanthogranuloma of the nasal vestibule.
Fall flu shot available for Alberta kids in nasal spray.

In science:

Arrays of beating cilia are also found lining the airway where they sweep mucus and foreign particles up toward the nasal passage .
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms