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Nose \Nose\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nosed (n[=o]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. Nosing.]

  1. To smell; to scent; hence, to track, or trace out.

  2. To touch with the nose; to push the nose into or against; hence, to interfere with; to treat insolently.

    Lambs . . . nosing the mother's udder.

    A sort of national convention, dubious in its nature . . . nosed Parliament in the very seat of its authority.

  3. To utter in a nasal manner; to pronounce with a nasal twang; as, to nose a prayer. [R.]

  4. To confront; be closely face to face or opposite to; meet.

  5. To furnish with a nose; as, to nose a stair tread.

  6. To examine with the nose or sense of smell.

  7. To make by advancing the nose or front end; as, the train nosed its way into the station;

  8. (Racing Slang) to beat by (the length of) a nose. Hence, to defeat in a contest by a small margin; also used in the form nose out.


Nosed \Nosed\, a. Having a nose, or such a nose; -- chiefly used in composition; as, pug-nosed.

  1. (''in combination'') Having some specific type of nose v

  2. (en-past of: nose)


adj. having a nose (either literal or metaphoric) especially of a specified kind [ant: noseless]

Usage examples of "nosed".

By the time the armadillo had nosed and waddled around the bend in the road, Anna was less than thirty-six inches from the gray and scaly hindquarters.

If the Bowland lack of fortune was a closely-guarded secret, which Sir Joseph or Lady Horton had nosed out on their own, the young man might prove the perfect match for Lady Louisa.

Here Martine nosed Astriphie northward and piloted the hippogriff over the stormy waters of the Moonsea until they sighted the northern coast, where they rested in a village of fishermen too poor to be suspicious of such a strange traveling pair.

Grimly the war prahu with its frightful freight nosed closer to the bank.

The bus nosed its prudential way on to the crown of the road, and the gap between it and the lorry began to diminish.

He hustled them into a back alley the moment he heard the tonk tunk of that drum and warned them to stay put while he nosed out what was happening.

As Travis nosed the Vette out of the parking space Erin leaned back in the comfortable leather seat.

He nosed through overgrown clumps of huckleberry and yaupon until he found the sort of smaller track he was looking for.

The guard dog nosed the dead birds, but the Swift batted it away until another child ran up with a nice meaty bone for the animal.

The motoscafo, full of lights and people, went blindly on and nosed in at the wooden pier across the canal.

On hands and knees at times, he nosed along waterways and peering overside into the silken blackness of the smooth sea.

The Dauntlesses nosed over, the rush of air increased and the air-speed indicators moved up as they slanted in toward the push-over point The pilots, leaning forward, concentrating on formation and the narrow yellow rectangle below, felt their planes shake and heard the windbroken hammering of the 30s as the gunners opened up.

Meesle said as the gunship nosed slantwise down among the towers on the lower east side.

He turned up the audio-input, and Rod listened to the growl of the rockets as the launch nosed vertically upward and settled on its tripedal tail.

Kreiss nosed his rented Ford 150 van into the truck stop off the Van Dorn Street Beltway exit in Alexandria.