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nose

nose

 
 
pronunciation:
noz
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
follow one's nose, cut off one's nose to spite one's face, on the nose
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the structure at the front of the face in people and certain animals that contains nostrils, organs of smell, and a passageway for breathing.
 
definition 2: the sense of smell.
definition 3: the ability to mentally detect or perceive, analogous to sensing by smell.
He has a nose for deceptions.
definition 4: the forward or projecting part of something, as a vessel or aircraft.
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phrase: follow one's nose
phrase: cut off one's nose to spite one's face
phrase: on the nose
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: nosed, noses, nosing
definition 1: to perceive by or as if by the sense of smell.
similar words:
smell
definition 2: to touch, rub, or examine with the nose.
similar words:
nuzzle
definition 3: to move forward slowly or cautiously.
We nosed our way up to the stage.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to move forward with the nose first, as a vessel.
definition 2: to meddle; snoop (often fol. by about, around, or into).
He's always nosing into someone else's affairs.
similar words:
meddle, root, snoop
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derivations: noseless (adj.), noselike (adj.)
Homophone Note
The words nose and knows (a form of "know") sound alike but have different meanings.
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  air, airplane, breathe, face, language, respiration, sense