• 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
    • v nod be almost asleep "The old man sat nodding by the fireplace"
    • v nod let the head fall forward through drowsiness "The old man was nodding in his chair"
    • v nod lower and raise the head, as to indicate assent or agreement or confirmation "The teacher nodded when the student gave the right answer"
    • v nod express or signify by nodding "He nodded his approval"
    • v nod sway gently back and forth, as in a nodding motion "the flowers were nodding in the breeze"
    • n nod the act of nodding the head
    • n nod a sign of assent or salutation or command
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Albania, nodding your head means "no" and shaking your head means "yes."
    • Nod A dropping or bending forward of the upper part or top of anything. "Like a drunken sailor on a mast,
      Ready with every nod to tumble down."
    • Nod A quick or slight downward or forward motion of the head, in assent, in familiar salutation, in drowsiness, or in giving a signal, or a command; as, a nod of approval. "A look or a nod only ought to correct them [the children] when they do amiss.""Nations obey my word and wait my nod ."
    • Nod To be careless or inattentive; to make a mistake from lack of attention. "Nor is it Homer nods , but we that dream."
    • Nod To be drowsy or dull; to doze off, especially while in a sitting position; as, half the class nodded while the professor droned on.
    • Nod To bend or incline the upper part, with a quick motion; as, nodding plumes.
    • Nod To cause to bend. "By every wind that nods the mountain pine."
    • Nod To incline or bend, as the head or top; to make a motion of assent, of salutation, or of drowsiness with; as, to nod the head.
    • Nod To incline the head with a quick motion; to make a slight bow; to make a motion of assent, of salutation, or of drowsiness, with the head; as, to nod at one.
    • Nod To signify by a nod; as, to nod approbation.
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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.
    • nod To incline or droop the head forward with a short, quick, involuntary motion, as when drowsy or sleepy; specifically, in botany, to droop or curve downward by a short bend in the peduncle: said of flowers. See nodding, p. a.
    • nod Figuratively, to be guilty of a lapse or inadvertence, as when nodding with drowsiness.
    • nod To salute, beckon, or express assent by a slight, quick inclination of the head.
    • nod To bend or incline the top or part corresponding to the head with a quick jerky motion, simulating the nodding of a drowsy person.
    • nod To incline or bend, as the head or top.
    • nod To signify by a nod: as, to nod assent.
    • nod To affect by a nod or nods in a manner expressed by a word or words connected: as, to nod one out of the room; to nod one's head off.
    • n nod A short, quick, forward and downward motion of the head, either voluntary, as when used as a familiar salutation, a sign of assent or approbation, or given as a signal, command, etc., or involuntary, as when one is drowsy or sleepy.
    • n nod A quick forward or downward inclination of the upper part or top of anything.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Nod nod to give a quick forward motion of the head: to bend the head in assent: to salute by a quick motion of the head: to let the head drop in weariness
    • v.t Nod to incline: to signify by a nod:—pr.p. nod′ding; pa.t. and pa.p. nod′ded
    • n Nod a bending forward of the head quickly: a slight bow: a command
    • adj Nod inclining the head quickly: indicating by a nod: acknowledged by a nod merely, as a nodding acquaintance:
    • adj Nod (bot.) having the flower looking downwards
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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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. nodden,; cf. OHG. knōtōn, genuotōn, to shake, and E. nudge,


In literature:

He nodded in approval, then gave the clerk a nod of dismissal.
"Final Weapon" by Everett B. Cole
He passed in, nodding carelessly to the doorkeeper.
"Jack O' Judgment" by Edgar Wallace
The universe obeyed her nod.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The young man nodded.
"The Man Who Knew" by Edgar Wallace
By common consent they nodded towards Henry, who was the best shot, and he raised his rifle.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He nodded and laughed.
"In the Mayor's Parlour" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
Kate nodded gaily to him as he entered, and then continued her conversation with Ross.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The latter nodded, though doubtfully.
"A Tar-Heel Baron" by Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
Poltavo nodded, and the girl bit her lips thoughtfully.
"The Secret House" by Edgar Wallace
He sat down again on the back of the tortoise, smoking in his ferocious manner and smiling and nodding to himself.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne

In poetry:

A woful place was that, I ween,
As sorrow could desire;
For nodding to the fall was each crumbling wall,
And the roof was scathed with fire.
"The Gray Brother" by Sir Walter Scott
And the stars look down from their place, and smile,
And beckon, and nod, and shine;
I seem not to heed, yet all the while
I am making their music mine.
"The Twilight Is Here" by Alexander Anderson
Prepare, O Israel, to meet Thy God,
Let every man seek to find ransom,
Remove the evil at which ye nod,
Cleanse ye and wash ye or dread His rod
This day of memorial.
"For The Day Of Memorial" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
Seest thou her who, from ocean's crystal billows,
Lovingly nods and smiles?—Thy heart must know her!
Joyously speed on thy horses,—
Tethys, the goddess, 'tis nods!
"Evening" by Friedrich von Schiller
Aw nodded an walked bi her side,
To mak misen pleasant aw tried,
But shoo smiled as shoo sed,
'Aw wor wrang i' mi heead,'
An aw'm sewer aw dooan't think 'at shoo lied.
"Horton Tide" by John Hartley
Genius of Rome! thy prostrate pomp display!
Trace every dismal proof of Fortune's power;
Let me the wreck of theatres survey,
Or pensive sit beneath some nodding tower.
"Elegy XVII. He Indulges the Suggestions of Spleen.-- An Elegy to the Winds" by William Shenstone

In news:

With a nod to Jerry Garcia, we'll proclaim, What a long, strange trip it's been.
With a nod to Jerry Garcia, we'll proclaim, "What a long, strange trip it's been.".
Aldermen give nod to $23 million budget.
Masses of wine-red flowers on airy three-foot stems nod in the slightest breeze.
Christie says he didn't nod off at Springsteen show.
AAA Study Finds Young Drivers Nodding Off Behind The Wheel.
Young Drivers Admit to Nodding Off Behind the Wheel.
Utica Shale Needs ' Nodding Donkeys' to Unleash Bonanza.
The Nodding Donkey near SMU.
Waitresses Kandice Tucker and Kristy Whitson at The Nodding Donkey which recently opened near SMU in Dallas on September 9, 2012.
Adam Till, Beth Anderson,Stephanie Seay and Porook Wimmer enjoy brunch at The Nodding Donkey which recently opened near SMU in Dallas on September 9, 2012.
Aaron Lauber, Stefani Wurzman and Chase Devereaux enjoy brunch at The Nodding Donkey which recently opened near SMU in Dallas on September 9, 2012.
Bartenders Sage Bueltel and Gabe Rhodes at The Nodding Donkey which recently opened near SMU in Dallas on September 9, 2012.
Nodding Off on the A Train.
Winkin', blinkin' and nodding off.

In science:

Double–differencing involves subtracting the data between the two nod positions to remove both long term drifts in the data (Holland et al. 1999) and a systematic effect which may be due to differential illumination (Zemcov et al. 2005).
A study of the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich increment using archival SCUBA data
In each set of four nod positions, the counts in each column of the off-source images are scaled to and then subtracted from the counts in the same column of the on-source sky background.
High-resolution Spectroscopy of [Ne II] Emission from TW Hya
The atmospheric correction is applied to each nod prior to combining the images.
High-resolution Spectroscopy of [Ne II] Emission from TW Hya
The nod goes to the third choice, it being more ‘natural’ in its similarity or analogy to the algebraically special metrics and to its unity and geometric attractiveness.
On Extracting Physical Content from Asymptotically Flat Space-Time Metrics
In addition, the simultaneous observations of pair sources are free from misconnections in visibility phase interpolation between time gaps caused by antenna nodding, giving better recovery in coherence of the data. A new idea often brings with it new disadvantages together with new advantages.
Re-analysis of the First Fringe with 2-Beam in the VERA System from Archive Data