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Nodding \Nod"ding\, a. Curved so that the apex hangs down; having the top bent downward.


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.


n. The act by which one nods. vb. (present participle of nod English)

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

  2. the act of nodding the head

  3. [also: nodding, nodded]


adj. having branches or flower heads that bend downward; "nodding daffodils"; "the pendulous branches of a weeping willow"; "lilacs with drooping panicles of fragrant flowers" [syn: cernuous, drooping, pendulous]

  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]


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Usage examples of "nodding".

Abiard was looking at me, and nodding absently as if his mind were somewhere else, which it probably was.

I saw the seated Volunteers nodding at her as if they understood her better than those ranged around them.

Sincil saw that flowers appeared in the field, tall and short, purple and pink and red, hidden among the grasses or nodding above them.

She looked at Aine, who was nodding a little bashfully as Eorna praised her to Cualha.

She nodded, once, and I knew that every person in that audience thought she was nodding at him.

Indeed, a few wags in the audience were nodding and saying it with her.

I said, nodding toward a passage leading out of another part of the wall.

His silver gauntlets curled around the stone of the battlement as he leaned forward, nodding happily at the men below.

She stood there nodding as she listened, and when they were done she turned to Lukien and winked at him from across the hall, as if she knew he was there all along.

Finally Benrian screamed, breaking into a chorus of sobs and wildly nodding his head.

Colonel Tark swept his hand over his dwindled army, who began nodding agreement.

He could almost see Kara standing before him, nodding with that sad, knowing smile of hers.

She reached the far side of the ward and entered the tower, nodding to the guards there as she did.

Yaella started toward her mount, nodding to the men as she passed among them.

He glanced at Keziah and Gershon before nodding once more to the duke and Grinsa.