• "The elephant uses his nose as a hand."
    "The elephant uses his nose as a hand."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v nose defeat by a narrow margin
    • v nose rub noses
    • v nose push or move with the nose
    • v nose advance the forward part of with caution "She nosed the car into the left lane"
    • v nose catch the scent of; get wind of "The dog nosed out the drugs"
    • v nose search or inquire in a meddlesome way "This guy is always nosing around the office"
    • n nose a front that resembles a human nose (especially the front of an aircraft) "the nose of the rocket heated up on reentry"
    • n nose the front or forward projection of a tool or weapon "he ducked under the nose of the gun"
    • n nose a projecting spout from which a fluid is discharged
    • n nose the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals "he has a cold in the nose"
    • n nose a natural skill "he has a nose for good deals"
    • n nose the sense of smell (especially in animals) "the hound has a good nose"
    • n nose a symbol of inquisitiveness "keep your nose out of it"
    • n nose a small distance "my horse lost the race by a nose"
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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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A slug has four noses
    • Nose A projecting end or beak at the front of an object; a snout; a nozzle; a spout; as, the nose of a bellows; the nose of a teakettle.
    • Nose The power of smelling; hence, scent. "We are not offended with a dog for a better nose than his master."
    • Nose (Anat) The prominent part of the face or anterior extremity of the head containing the nostrils and olfactory cavities; the olfactory organ. See Nostril, and Olfactory organ under Olfactory.
    • Nose (Racing Slang) to beat by (the length of) a nose.
    • Nose To confront; be closely face to face or opposite to; meet.
    • Nose To examine with the nose or sense of smell.
    • Nose To furnish with a nose; as, to nose a stair tread.
    • Nose To make by advancing the nose or front end; as, the train nosed its way into the station;
    • Nose To pry officiously into what does not concern one; to nose around.
    • v. i Nose To push or move with the nose or front forward. "A train of cable cars came nosing along."
    • Nose To smell; to scent; hence, to track, or trace out.
    • Nose To smell; to sniff; to scent.
    • Nose To touch with the nose; to push the nose into or against; hence, to interfere with; to treat insolently. "Lambs . . . nosing the mother's udder.""A sort of national convention, dubious in its nature . . . nosed Parliament in the very seat of its authority."
    • Nose To utter in a nasal manner; to pronounce with a nasal twang; as, to nose a prayer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Obsessive nose picking is referred to as rhinotillexomania
    • n nose The special organ of the sense of smell, formed by modifications of certain bones and fleshy parts of the face, its cavities, or fossæ, freely communicable with the cavities of the mouth and lungs, and hence also concerned in respiration, the utterance of words or vocal sounds, and taste. It is lined throughout by a highly vascular mucous membrane called the pituitary or Schneiderian, continuous with the skin through the nostrils, the conjunctiva of the eye, and the mucous membrane of the pharynx and sinuses. It is in this membrane that the fine filaments of the olfactory nerves terminate, and over it the inspired air containing odorous substances passes. The olfactory region, or that region to which the olfactory nerves are distributed, however, includes only the upper and middle turbinate parts of the nasal fossæ and the upper part of the septum; the lower part of the cavities has nothing to do with olfaction. Externally the nose commonly forms a prominent feature of the face or facial region of the head; when very long it becomes a proboscis, and may acquire a tactile or manual function, as in the elephant, hog, mole, etc. The nose of an animal when moderately prominent is usually called a snout, muzzle, or muffle. The bridge of the nose is so much of its external prominence as is bridged over or roofed in by the nasal bones. The external opening of the nose is the nostril, usually paired, right and left, and technically called nares. The inner passages or cavities of the nose are the nasal fossœ or meatus; they open interiorly into the upper part of the pharynx, by oriflces called the posterior nares or choanœ, above the soft palate. The animal whose nose most resembles man's in size and shape is the proboscis-monkey, Nasalis larvatus, whose nose is more prominent than that of most men. Prominence of the nose is to some extent an indication of ascent in the scale of human development, the nose being flattest in the lowest or negroid races. A large nose is commonly supposed to indicate strength of character, and thin clean-cut nostrils are generally a sign of high nervous organization. Besides its special function of smelling, the nose has in all animals a respiratory office, being, rather than the mouth, the usual passageway for air in both inspiration and expiration; it also serves to modify or modulate the voice, and to discharge the secretion from several cavities of the head, as the frontal and other sinuses, and the tears from the eyes. See cuts under mouth, nasal, Nasalis, and Condylura.
    • n nose Hence The sense of smell; the faculty of smelling, or the exercise of that faculty; scent; olfaction.
    • n nose Something supposed to resemble a nose. A pointed or tapering projection or part in front of an object, as of a ship or a pitcher.
    • n nose An informer.
    • nose To smell; scent.
    • nose To face; oppose to the face.
    • nose To utter in a nasal manner; twang through the nose.
    • nose To touch, feel, or examine with the nose; toss or rub with the nose.
    • nose To smell; sniff.
    • nose To pry curiously or in a meddlesome way.
    • nose In coal-mining. See the quotation.
    • n nose A Middle English form of noise.
    • n nose In golf, the extreme end of a club opposite the neck or heel.
    • nose In forestry, to round off the end of (a log) in order to make it drag or slip more easily. Also called snipe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Slugs have 4 noses
    • n Nose nōz the organ of smell: the power of smelling: sagacity: the projecting part of anything resembling a nose, as the spout of a kettle, &c.: a drip, a downward projection from a cornice:
    • v.t Nose to smell: to oppose rudely face to face: to sound through the nose
    • n Nose nōz (slang) an informer
    • ***


  • 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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. nosu,; akin to D. neus, G. nase, OHG. nasa, Icel. nös, Sw. näsa, Dan. näse, Lith. nosis, Russ. nos', L. nasus, nares, Skr. nāsā, nās,. √261. Cf. Nasal Nasturtium Naze Nostril Nozzle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. nosu; Ger. nase, L. nasus.


In literature:

If this little snub-nosed devil dared to go so far as to kiss me, I did not know what would become of me in my terror.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
Fill the end of the nose and around the nostrils nicely, no live deer ever had a shriveled up nose.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
Now your nose is dropping; pull back on the stick.
"Opportunities in Aviation" by Arthur Sweetser
Men hold handkerchiefs to their mouths and noses, and do not trust themselves to breathe.
"The Day of Wrath" by Maurus Jókai
And then that rich smell he preferred to the rose, By just nosing the hold without holding his nose.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
This new babe leaned over toward me and stuck her nose up against mine.
"Vigorish" by Gordon Randall Garrett
As the hall door closed, Johnnie buried his small nose in Cis's pillow.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
So large is the cavity of the nose, that a man may thrust his arm right into it.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The ship sticks her nose agin the cliff.
"Wappin' Wharf" by Charles S. Brooks
They grew bolder and stalked stiffly about him, appraising his qualities with eye and nose.
"The Yellow Horde" by Hal G. Evarts

In poetry:

"Dear Grif,
Here is a whiff
Of beautiful spring flowers;
The big red rose
Is for your nose,
As toward the sky it towers.
"Dear Grif" by Louisa May Alcott
They knew her to be the old, old fairy,
All nose and eyes and ears,
Who had not peeped, till now, from her dungeon
For more than fifty years.
"The Sleeping Princess" by Clara Doty Bates
The agent laughed - the agent blinked -
The agent blew his nose and winked -
And poked the parson's ribs in play -
It was that agent's vulgar way.
"The Reverend Simon Magus" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"Your little steady eyes, Tom,
Though not so bright as those
That restless round about him
His flashing genius throws,
Are excellently suited
To look before your nose.
"The King Of Brentford’s Testament" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Say, if you will keep nosing me, why, there!
Listen! Do you remember how she came
Laughing--a rosebud pretty in her hair,
And I reached down? And how you played the game?
"So Long, Chinook!" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
And if a strange wight,
From the road and the night,
Step in and a refuge should claim,
How the wise-acres pose,
How they snuff with their nose
To catch his profession and name.
"Lines, Written At The Blue Ball, Rochdale." by Samuel Bamford

In news:

Noted porcine enthusiast April Bloomfield provides a nose-to-tail tour.
Dennis Quaid on how he blew it—straight up his nose.
But it isn't a mystery what happens when any of these viruses lands in your nose or eyes.
Harvard Avenue, outside, noses out Areyoutalkingtome to win the El Conejo Handicap, Monday at Santa Anita.
Slashing the positions in the name of savings has been likened to a cutting-your-nose-off-to-spite-your-face measure.
Cotter says UofM is "thumbing its nose at the legislature".
The natural suspicion surrounding any and all of the "alternative" programs at the Reading Gaslamp (né Pacific Gaslamp) is that these must be films that the Landmark chain turned up its nose at.
It's Wet Nose Wednesday, Puppy from the Alachua County Humane Society at 7:50.
I might support genetic engineering (not in our food) if we could re-engineer people so that their noses would grow longer as a result of not telling the truth.
' Cyrano de Bergerac ': Winning by a nose.
Underneath this Veronica Lake-Alan Ladd thriller (1946) lies Raymond Chandler's only original screenplay—a suitably hard-nosed affair about a war vet whose homecoming coincides with the murder of his unfaithful wife.
She's short, with a slightly pushed up nose, as if a pug somehow snuck into her pedigree a few generations ago.
Alex Smith, 49ers keep nose to grindstone .
Noses to the grindstone .
With nose to the grindstone , Jamison smells opportunity with Texans.

In science:

Periodic simulation cells of cubic size L containing M chains of size N where used under a Nos´e-Hoover barostat, i.e. in the NPT ensemble.
Polymer chain generation for coarse-grained models using radical-like polymerization
The number ngrowth of growth steps is also fixed to a finite value, but for this kind of polymerization, the system is coupled to a heat bath by fixing a finite number nM DS bg of relaxation steps between each growth step, and setting MD parameters using a Nos´e-Hoover barostat with kB T = 2 and P = 0.5.
Polymer chain generation for coarse-grained models using radical-like polymerization
In our implementation, the systems generated with FPO (M = 200 chains with chain length of N = 200) are relaxed during 107 MDS for systems o under Nos´e-Hoover thermostat (kB T = 2.0) and barostat (P = 0.5).
Polymer chain generation for coarse-grained models using radical-like polymerization
Then Ψ : Y → X is an equivalence, surjective on the nose.
Generalized Tambara-Yamagami categories
Main conclusion one draws from Figs. (1,2) and related analysis is that the “nose shape” behavior is a universal phenomenon.
Voltage Collapse and ODE Approach to Power Flows: Analysis of a Feeder Line with Static Disorder in Consumption/Production