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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a nod/smile/glance/look of approval
▪ ‘You’ve thought of everything,’ she said with a smile of approval.
an approving nod/glance/smile etc
have a passing/nodding acquaintance with sth (=have only slight knowledge or experience of something)
▪ He has a passing acquaintance with a lot of different subjects.
nod your head (=move it up and down, especially to show agreement)
▪ The audience nodded their heads enthusiastically.
▪ She nodded again, as if I had answered her.
▪ Sam repeated numbly, nodding again.
▪ Around two in the morning she was just nodding off when suddenly her telephone rang again.
▪ Inside the reef, on calmer waters, the boy gratefully nodded off to sleep, exhausted by his ordeal.
▪ Perry has taken a generous hit from his lover and is now nodding off.
▪ She said that all night long, like a lullaby, sometimes shaking me to keep me from nodding off.
▪ Richie attempted to press on with An Early Bath for Thompson, but he soon nodded off.
▪ The groom was brought to me and although he occasionally nodded off in my lap, he never once whined or fidgeted.
▪ Then a bit later when I was just nodding off he says, Seamed stockings.
▪ A crew-cut woman in dance tights and a big overcoat nodded off in the corner.
▪ He nodded slowly and she felt his gaze drift to the gold band on her wedding finger.
▪ She looked at me, nodded slowly and set the trowel on the wall.
▪ Scott nodded slowly, opening his eyes.
▪ They nodded slowly, solemnly, like a jury passing sentence.
▪ Converse nodded thoughtfully and slid back on to the floor to sleep.
▪ I felt distinctly baffled, but Holmes was nodding thoughtfully.
▪ Malamute stared earnestly at the floor, nodding vigorously at certain points in her narrative.
▪ Once he had learned that it was proving impossible he reluctantly nodded his agreement to a majority verdict.
▪ The general manager nods in agreement and fires the anchors.
▪ So she nodded in agreement, but he didn't release her wrist.
▪ She nodded in agreement with whatever her uncle said.
▪ Mr Crump nodded his agreement as he too gazed down.
▪ I nodded in agreement, and I wondered aloud whether she did the same things with feelings.
▪ Ruth nodded her agreement and he put out his hand and pulled her to her feet.
▪ She smiled sadly and nodded in agreement.
▪ He glanced at the referee, who nodded approval.
▪ They nodded approval, then asked Rice for clarification of certain details.
▪ The Bishop nodded his approval of this asceticism before accepting the offer of a second helping from Madeleine.
▪ People parted respectfully to let the Chilcott boys pass, nodding and murmuring their approval.
▪ He glanced at the clock and nodded his approval without breaking the rhythm created by his fingers on the strings.
▪ And she'd nod meaningfully in the direction of the hovering Léonie: not in front of the children please.
▪ His eyelids became hooded and heavy, and his old head nodded gently upon his equally aged shoulders.
▪ Most heads nod in assent; one or two want to keep on with their writing.
▪ After a few minutes, he turned his head towards me and nodded.
▪ At times his head would nod sleepily at formal dinners, and he lost the thread of conversations.
▪ Her hands brushed the keys, her head began to nod, then her body to tremble.
▪ I lifted him on to the top of my knapsack, where he clutched my head, nodding and falling asleep.
▪ Advertising proved a more fertile category, with decisions which set heads nodding and shaking in equal measure.
▪ The four braided and beribboned heads nodded.
▪ The other man returned and nodded.
▪ The man nodded, smiling faintly.
▪ The little man nodded his bald head, his eyes simple as a child's.
▪ The man nodded sadly as though Hicks represented a mode of behavior with which he was wearily familiar.
▪ The blond man had nodded a greeting to her, and Carol had been aware of his appraising gaze.
▪ The old man behind the counter nodded, like he knew him.
▪ Robinson nudged the man in front of him and nodded a greeting as the man turned.
▪ Litchfield asked, and Sam nodded as he lit his cigarette, trying not to look as eager as he felt.
▪ Her grandmother said nothing, but nodded three times at the little girl.
▪ Yep, the President said, nodding approvingly.
▪ So warm were the tributes that the Chancellor finally started to smile and nod his thanks.
▪ Vassily was smiling and nodding and chuckling hoarsely.
▪ Then she smiles, nods me in, and leads the way upstairs.
▪ Tho drank, and then held the helmet towards Langford, smiling and nodding.
▪ Mandru smiled and nodded, and preceded his entourage from the room.
▪ She spoke, smiling and nodding.
▪ Wiggs smiled, and Beach nodded.
▪ I smiled and nodded but he would not be put off.
(in) the land of nod
▪ I asked her if she was OK, and she nodded.
▪ Everything seemed so strange and silvery in the starlight and every so often my head would nod and I'd stumble and start.
▪ Gina lay beside him; she had nodded off and was snoring loudly.
▪ I nodded and the old woman took my hand.
▪ In 63 minutes Burrows floated over a free and Hunter was there to nod the ball home at the near post.
▪ Slowly Penny nodded and then silently cast her eyes down to her plate.
▪ The experts nod across the seminar table.
▪ The guy nodded as if still trying to make sense of the story.
▪ The way to deal with him at such moments was to nod approvingly and pray such ideas would be forgotten.
▪ They parted at the front entrance, Silas favouring her with a brief nod before striding away.
▪ They vary from a brief head nod or sagging of the body to a full-blown fall with injury.
▪ With a curt nod he beckoned the waiter, settled the bill, ushered her out into the silky darkness.
▪ He thanks Paul with a curt nod.
▪ He looked at me as though he had seen me somewhere before, but I passed by with a curt nod.
▪ When the kitchen had been restored to its former tidiness, he gave her a curt nod, and walked out.
▪ The nearest guard glanced at it, then ushered him through with a curt nod of his head.
▪ On the sixth day, after a curt nod from the chef, Mark realised he must be doing something half-right.
▪ Give what I hope is curt nod, though double chins seem to go on flapping for ever.
▪ He gave a quick, curt nod to the soldiers on duty and turned on to the Al Ain road.
▪ Alice and Unice came in and gave her little nods, and sat down and knitted.
▪ Then he gave a little nod, an apology for interrupting, and leaned the bike against the back porch.
▪ A younger woman with outsize spectacles behind them periodically gave a slight nod of her head.
▪ Credibility, as we now know, gets not the slightest nod from me, even in passing.
▪ If he does not make it, then utility back Anthony Stewart will get the nod.
▪ Credibility, as we now know, gets not the slightest nod from me, even in passing.
▪ Laing built the original centre 10 years ago and is odds-on to carry out the work if the scheme gets the nod.
▪ Fleet/Norstar got the nod over the larger Bank of Boston for two reasons.
▪ This time, deserving talent got the nod in many instances.
▪ Julio Lugo gets the nod at shortstop from the start, assuming he is recovered from a mild shoulder separation.
▪ Sally Baker gave a complimentary nod as Tess reappeared from upstairs.
▪ Thompson discounted the possibility that Dole would give him the nod.
▪ He smiled at them and gave a small nod of acknowledgement.
▪ We see each other in public places and we give each other the nod.
▪ Lorton, who had been watching anxiously, gave him a nod of approval.
▪ Once the hostess appeared to ask if we were enjoying our meals, and I managed to give her a silent nod.
▪ A younger woman with outsize spectacles behind them periodically gave a slight nod of her head.
▪ Then he gave a nod that included all the young ladies before he turned away.
▪ Daniels gave a slight nod, and Bill started to speak.
▪ I asked if he was hungry, and he responded with a nod.
▪ He looked at Lee from an angle, cool and fixed, with a slow nod of the head to measure remarks.
▪ The nearest guard glanced at it, then ushered him through with a curt nod of his head.
▪ Then the silent man simply walked out of the room, with a nod and a smile.
▪ There is no doubt that this could be done by a nod.
▪ Thompson discounted the possibility that Dole would give him the nod.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Nod \Nod\ (n[o^]d), n.

  1. A dropping or bending forward of the upper part or top of anything.

    Like a drunken sailor on a mast, Ready with every nod to tumble down.

  2. A quick or slight downward or forward motion of the head, in assent, in familiar salutation, in drowsiness, or in giving a signal, or a command; as, a nod of approval.

    A look or a nod only ought to correct them [the children] when they do amiss.

    Nations obey my word and wait my nod.

    The land of Nod, sleep.


Nod \Nod\ (n[o^]d), v. i. [OE. nodden; cf. OHG. kn[=o]t[=o]n, genuot[=o]n, to shake, and E. nudge.]

  1. To bend or incline the upper part, with a quick motion; as, nodding plumes.

  2. To incline the head with a quick motion; to make a slight bow; to make a motion of assent, of salutation, or of drowsiness, with the head; as, to nod at one.

  3. To be careless or inattentive; to make a mistake from lack of attention.

    Nor is it Homer nods, but we that dream.

  4. To be drowsy or dull; to doze off, especially while in a sitting position; as, half the class nodded while the professor droned on.


Nod \Nod\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nodded; p. pr. & vb. n. Nodding.]

  1. To incline or bend, as the head or top; to make a motion of assent, of salutation, or of drowsiness with; as, to nod the head.

  2. To signify by a nod; as, to nod approbation.

  3. To cause to bend. [Poetic]

    By every wind that nods the mountain pine.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to quickly bow the head," late 14c., of unknown origin, probably an Old English word, but not recorded; perhaps related to Old High German hnoton "to shake," from Proto-Germanic *hnudan. Meaning "to drift in and out of consciousness while on drugs" is attested from 1968. Related: Nodded; nodding. A nodding acquaintance (1711) is one you know just well enough to greet with a nod.


mid-15c., from nod (v.). Land of Nod "sleep" is a pun on the biblical place name (Gen. iv:16).


n. 1 An instance of moving one's head as described above. 2 A reference or allusion to something. vb. 1 (context transitive and intransitive English) To incline the head up and down, as to indicate agreement. 2 (context transitive and intransitive English) To sway, move up and down. 3 (context intransitive English) To gradually fall asleep. 4 (context intransitive English) To make a mistake by being temporarily inattentive or tired 5 (context intransitive soccer English) To head; to strike the ball with one's head.

  1. n. a sign of assent or salutation or command

  2. the act of nodding the head

  3. [also: nodding, nodded]

  1. v. express or signify by nodding; "He nodded his approval"

  2. lower and raise the head, as to indicate assent or agreement or confirmation; "The teacher nodded when the student gave the right answer"

  3. let the head fall forward through drowsiness; "The old man was nodding in his chair"

  4. sway gently back and forth, as is in a nodding motion; "the flowers were nodding in the breeze"

  5. be almost asleep; "The old man sat nodding by the fireplace"

  6. [also: nodding, nodded]


NOD, Nod, or nod may refer to:

  • Nod (gesture), a head gesture.
  • Nod, a fictional character from the poem " Wynken, Blynken, and Nod"
  • Nod factor (nodulation factor), signaling molecules produced by rhizobia during the initiation of nodules on the root of legumes
  • Nation of Domination, a former stable in the World Wrestling Federation
  • Network of Disclosure, a group of comic book dealers and collectors who have pledged to disclose any form of restoration or enhancement on a comic book transferred to another party through sale, trade or gift
  • Night observation device or night vision device
  • Night of Decadence, a campus party at Rice University in Houston, Texas, USA
  • NOD mice (non-obese diabetic mice), a strain of mice genetically prone to develop diabetes
  • NOD1 and NOD2, the nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain receptors, components of the innate immune system
  • NOD32, a software antivirus application from ESET software
  • Notice of default, a notice given to a borrower regarding failure to pay debt
  • Brotherhood of Nod, a fictional military organization in the Command & Conquer computer game series
  • Nintendo optical disc, a type of media used by the Nintendo GameCube and Wii
  • Nod, the original name of former Atlanta-based power pop band Raves
  • Notice of Decision, a formal notice provided in response to a formal request, such as to a government entity.
  • Nod, a novel from Canadian author Adrian Barnes, nominated for the 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award
  • NOD, abbreviation for Национально-освободительное движение (National Liberation Movement), term for right-wing nationalist organisations in Russia
Nod (gesture)

A nod of the head is a gesture in which the head is tilted in alternating up and down arcs along the sagittal plane. In many cultures, it is most commonly, but not universally, used to indicate agreement, acceptance, or acknowledgment.

Usage examples of "nod".

The musty auditorium was a dimly lit torture chamber, filled with the droning dull voice punctuated by the sharp screams of the electrified, the sea of nodding heads abob here and there with painfully leaping figures.

Arums and acanthus and ivy filled every hollow, roses nodded from over every gate, while a carpet of violets and cyclamen and primroses stretched over the fields and freighted every wandering wind with fragrance.

Granny Aching had nodded to the men, who grabbed the sheep and dragged it back into the barn.

He nodded toward the hills above the Achor Marshes on the shores of the sea of Gerizim.

The Eagle glanced up as Sanglant walked up and nodded, acknowledging him.

The ivy-leaved variety is found in England, with nodding fresh-coloured blossoms, and a brown intensely acrid root.

I gave an admonitory nod to the girls and walked off, trying to keep my gait steady as I knew their eyes were on me.

Gian nodded, the motion sent that front flipped curl into an adorable jiggle off the sides of his thick auburn brows.

As the Afanc approached, hanging its head in embarrassment, he schooled his features to sobriety and nodded in greeting to the gigantic lake-dweller.

The old lady was still at her desk, and she nodded affably to Campion as he appeared.

The youth nodded a greeting and Ager returned the favor, noting there were plenty of vacant tables around.

Giving them a polite nod, Alec tried to hurry past but one caught the edge of his cloak and yanked him roughly into their midst.

Looking rather less than reassured by this advice, Alec nodded gamely and followed him up the stairs to the second level of the house.

Wethis was busy setting out the meal on a round table at the center of the room and nodded pleasantly to Alec as they entered.

Giving the man a curt nod, Alec stole a glance over his shoulder, looking for his horse.