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English noun: nose

1. nose (body) the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals

SamplesHe has a cold in the nose.

Synonymsolfactory organ

Broader (hypernym)chemoreceptor

Narrower (hyponym)beak, conk, hawk nose, honker, hooknose, hooter, neb, nozzle, proboscis, pug nose, Roman nose, rostrum, schnoz, schnozzle, snoot, snout, snout, snout

Part holonymanterior naris, arteria ethmoidalis, bridge, ethmoidal artery, internasal suture, nasal cavity, nostril, sutura internasalis, turbinal, turbinate, turbinate bone

Part meronymface, human face, upper respiratory tract

2. nose (artifact) a front that resembles a human nose (especially the front of an aircraft)

SamplesThe nose of the rocket heated up on reentry.

Broader (hypernym)front

Part meronymaircraft, missile

3. nose (artifact) the front or forward projection of a tool or weapon

SamplesHe ducked under the nose of the gun.

Broader (hypernym)front

4. nose (quantity) a small distance

SamplesMy horse lost the race by a nose.

Broader (hypernym)small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity

5. nose (communication) a symbol of inquisitiveness

SamplesKeep your nose out of it.

Broader (hypernym)symbol

6. nose (cognition) the sense of smell (especially in animals)

SamplesThe hound has a good nose.

Broader (hypernym)olfaction, olfactory modality, sense of smell, smell

Domain categoryanimal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna

7. nose (cognition) a natural skill

SamplesHe has a nose for good deals.

Broader (hypernym)science, skill

8. nose (artifact) a projecting spout from which a fluid is discharged


Broader (hypernym)spout

Narrower (hyponym)showerhead

Part meronymgas burner, gas jet, oilcan, sprinkler system

English verb: nose

1. nose (perception) search or inquire in a meddlesome way

SamplesThis guy is always nosing around the office.

Synonymshorn in, intrude, poke, pry

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)look, search

2. nose (motion) advance the forward part of with caution

SamplesShe nosed the car into the left lane.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)advance, bring forward

3. nose (perception) catch the scent of; get wind of

SamplesThe dog nosed out the drugs.

Synonymsscent, wind

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)smell

4. nose (motion) push or move with the nose

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)force, push

5. nose (contact) rub noses


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)caress, fondle

6. nose (competition) defeat by a narrow margin

ExamplesThe fighter managed to nose his opponent

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)defeat, get the better of, overcome

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