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Sneeze \Sneeze\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sneezed; p. pr. & vb. n. Sneezing.] [OE. snesen; of uncertain origin; cf. D. snuse to sniff, E. neese, and AS. fne['o]san.] To emit air, chiefly through the nose, audibly and violently, by a kind of involuntary convulsive force, occasioned by irritation of the inner membrane of the nose.

Not to be sneezed at, not to be despised or contemned; not to be treated lightly. [Colloq.] ``He had to do with old women who were not to be sneezed at.''
--Prof. Wilson.


Sneezing \Sneez"ing\, n. (Physiol.) The act of violently forcing air out through the nasal passages while the cavity of the mouth is shut off from the pharynx by the approximation of the soft palate and the base of the tongue.


n. The act of producing a sneeze. vb. (present participle of sneeze English)


n. a symptom consisting of the involuntary expulsion of air from the nose [syn: sneeze, sternutation]

Usage examples of "sneezing".

In coughing, sneezing, and the like, the pain produced is not unlike that in pleuritis and intercostal neuralgia.

People were obliged to attribute her high colour to the sneezing, or at least no one could give voice to any other suppositions.

I begged him to excuse me, and the lady backed me up, saying I could not possibly play in the midst of such a sneezing fit.

Knowing something about these sneezing powders, I did not think we should bleed, but I was mistaken.

He wrapped his face in his palms and let gravity take him where it would, sneezing, wincing, and huffling as he went.

Feshnavat and Shibli Bagarag, feared greatly being left with the Genie, for he became all colours, and loured on them each time that he ceased sneezing.

The herbal tea spread across the floor, and the peeve drank it, sneezing and snuffling.

Ingram had suffered for many years from the most distressing symptoms, such as profuse offensive discharge from nose, stopping up of nose, sneezing, weak eyes and frequent headache.

Should there be irritability, sneezing, or a constant discharge, it is advisable to use Dr.

Coughing and sneezing are sudden and spasmodic expiratory efforts, and generally involuntary.

This is a measure which tends to control the spread of a good many diseases besides measles, because during coughing and sneezing sputum may be thrown several feet.

Since these responses are entirely, or almost entirely, lacking in microcephali and in children born deaf, they are not purely reflexive, like sneezing, e.

I took in a deep breath preparatory to repeating the words of the Summoning, and ended up sneezing out a bit of ash that had made its way into my sensitive nose.

He was too busy sneezing and coughing as if he was trying to dislodge a thrutch that had somehow become lodged in one of his lungs.

Dry milkweed filled her nos trils with dust, and she pressed her lips together tightly to keep from sneezing.