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Nose appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • No nose knows like a gnome's nose knows.
  • Who holds Joe's nose when he blows? Joe knows.
  • A big black bug bit a big black dog on his big black nose!
    (by Kitty Morrow)

Nose appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Staple domes on a level a nose model pats.
  • Nose it in; avoid a rig I radio vanities on.
  • An item itself fumes on as a nose muffles time, Tina.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun nose:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb nose:


Fun fact! In English, noses run and feet smel.

Nose is sometimes a misspelling of noise or noisy.

The word nose is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun nose

What does nose mean as a name of something?

Nose is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: noses

  1. the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals
  2. a front that resembles a human nose (especially the front of an aircraft)
    • example: the nose of the rocket heated up on reentry
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: front = the side that is seen or that goes first
    • part of: aircraft = a vehicle that can fly; missile = a rocket carrying a warhead of conventional or nuclear explosives
  3. the front or forward projection of a tool or weapon
    • example: he ducked under the nose of the gun
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: front = the side that is seen or that goes first
  4. a small distance
  5. a symbol of inquisitiveness
    • example: keep your nose out of it
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: symbol = an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
  6. the sense of smell (especially in animals)
  7. a natural skill
    • example: he has a nose for good deals
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: science / skill = ability to produce solutions in some problem domain
  8. a projecting spout from which a fluid is discharged
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of nose: nozzle
    • more generic word: spout = an opening that allows the passage of liquids or grain
    • more specific word: showerhead = a perforated nozzle that showers water on a bather
    • part of: gas burner / gas jet = burner such that combustible gas issues from a nozzle to form a steady flame; oilcan = a can with a long nozzle to apply oil to machinery; sprinkler system = a system for extinguishing fires

Alternative definition of the noun nose


  1. The organ of the face used to breathe or smell.
  2. A snout, the nose of an animal
  3. The tip of an object (e.g. the nose of a fighter plane).
  4. [horse racing] The length of a horse’s nose, used to indicate the distance between horses at the finish of a race, or any very close race.
  5. Bouquet, the smell of something, especially wine.
  6. The skill in recognising bouquet.
  7. [by extension] Skill at finding information.

Specialised definition of the noun nose

Glossary of sports / dog racing

the smallest distance between two greyhounds finishing a race (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / equestrian

the narrowest winning margin (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • region: USA

Glossary of sports / surfing

the front of the surfboard (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb nose

What does nose mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: nosed | nosing | noses

  1. search or inquire in a meddlesome way
  2. advance the forward part of with caution
    • example: She nosed the car into the left lane
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic terms: advance / bring forward = cause to move forward
  3. catch the scent of; get wind of
    • example: The dog nosed out the drugs
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Directional Preposition] [Location]I ferreted the secret out of him

      Verbs of Searching (with the same syntax): ferret, seek, tease.

    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of nose: scent / wind
    • more generic word: smell = inhale the odor of
  4. push or move with the nose
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: force / push = move with force
  5. rub noses
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of nose: nuzzle
    • more generic words: caress / fondle = touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner
  6. defeat by a narrow margin

Alternative definition of the verb nose


  1. [intransitive] To move cautiously.
  2. [intransitive] To snoop.
  3. [transitive] To detect by smell or as if by smell.
  4. [transitive] To push with one's nose.
  5. [transitive] To nuzzle.
  6. [transitive] To win by a narrow margin.


  1. Nose is a town situated in Toyono District, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.
  2. Nose a.k.a. Noše is a small settlement near Brezje in the Municipality of Radovljica in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia.

There are other places with in their name, like Nose Dive, nose-dive.


Who is Nose?

Nose a.k.a. Misha Donat is a film score composer.


Nose is a fictional film character.


"Nose" is a book by Cynthia Klingel.


Nose is a novel.

Phrases with Nose

Phrases starting with the word Nose:

  1. nose job
  2. nose out
  3. Nose Pad
  4. nose cone
  5. nose dive
  6. Nose Poke
  7. nose ring
  8. Nose Test
  9. Nose-Pick

Phrases ending with the word Nose:

  1. E-Nose
  2. to nose
  3. pug nose
  4. pug-nose
  5. rum nose
  6. Wax-Nose
  7. bull nose
  8. Burn Nose
  9. hawk nose
  10. Hawk-Nose
  11. Snub-Nose

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Nose

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Google previewLater Lacan, The (2012)

An Introduction by Veronique Voruz, Bogdan Wolf

The shiny nose is the object connected to nothing in the previous schema. For Freud, the nothing is maternal castration, and...

Google previewMessengers of God (2006)

by Arthur O. Roberts, Robin Shepard

The nose is an educator. We learn about the forest from ozone in the air, about the sea from salt...

The nose is a responsible guardian, usually, and not a paranoid alarmist. We sniff the air for the smell of smoke, and check around the house to ...

Google previewHead & Neck Surgery--otolaryngology (2006)

by Byron J. Bailey, Jonas T. Johnson, Shawn D. Newlands

Conversely, a nose that is overly large, asymmetric, or deformed will draw the viewer's attention. The nose is the most commonly injured of the facial bones because of it prominence and the minimal quantity offorce required to induce fracture ...

Google previewYour First ENT Job (2006)

A Survivor's Guide by Marie Lyons, Arvind Singh

The nose is a pyramidal structure formed from bone and cartilage.

Google previewThe New monthly belle assemblée

The nose is the distinguishing characteristic of the human face ; take away the nose and all become alike.

Google previewAnatomy and Physiology (2005)

Understanding the Human Body by Robert K. Clark

(It is between your nose and ear.) Your nose is an anterior structure. (It is on your front surface.) Your kidneys are posterior to your intestines. (They are behind your intestines.) Your navel is a ventral structure. (It is located on your front surface.) ...

Google previewThe Adrenaline Junkie's Bucket List (2013)

100 Extreme Outdoor Adventures to Do Before You Die by Christopher Van Tilburg

But the Nose is the absolute prize. Don't Miss. Check out the spectacular waterfalls, including Yosemite, Bridalveil, Ribbon, Illilouette, Vernal, Nevada, and Horsetail Falls. Book a night apres climb at the Ahwahnee Hotel, constructed in 1925 ...

Google previewRandom House Webster's American Sign Language Dictionary (2008)

by Elaine Costello

nose n. The pan of the face protruding above the lips and having openings for breathing and smelling: ...

Google previewThe dictionary of medical and surgical knowledge, by the editor of the 'Dictionary of useful knowledge'. (1864)

NOSE— The organ of the sense ...

Google previewAmbrose Bierce: The Devil's Dictionary, Tales, and Memoirs (2011)

The Devil's Dictionary, Tales, and Memoirs by Ambrose Bierce

Nose. T the intersection of two certain streets in that part of San Francisco known by the rather loosely applied name of North Beach, is a vacant lot, which is rather more nearly level than is usually the case with lots, vacant or otherwise, in that ...

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Quotes about Nose

Talk ought always to run obliquely, not nose to nose with no chance of mental escape. (Frank Moore Colby)
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Scrabble value of N1O1S1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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