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Definition of 'nose'


  1. 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"
       Synonyms: olfactory organ
  2. a front that resembles a human nose (especially the front of an aircraft); "the nose of the rocket heated up on reentry"
  3. the front or forward projection of a tool or weapon; "he ducked under the nose of the gun"
  4. a small distance; "my horse lost the race by a nose"
  5. a symbol of inquisitiveness; "keep your nose out of it"
  6. the sense of smell (especially in animals); "the hound has a good nose"
  7. a natural skill; "he has a nose for good deals"
  8. a projecting spout from which a fluid is discharged
       Synonyms: nozzle


  1. search or inquire in a meddlesome way; "This guy is always nosing around the office"
       Synonyms: intrude horn in pry poke
  2. advance the forward part of with caution; "She nosed the car into the left lane"
  3. catch the scent of; get wind of; "The dog nosed out the drugs"
       Synonyms: scent wind
  4. push or move with the nose
  5. rub noses
       Synonyms: nuzzle
  6. defeat by a narrow margin

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