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English definition of “nose”

nose

noun [C] uk   /nəʊz/ us    /noʊz/

nose noun [C] (BODY PART)

A1 the part of the face that sticks out above the mouth, through which you breathe and smell: a large/long/pointed nose I've got a sore throat and a runny nose (= liquid coming out of the nose). Come on now, stop crying - blow your nose on my hanky.
See also
specialized food & drink the particular smell of a wine: a wine praised for its smoky nose

nose noun [C] (VEHICLE)

the front of a vehicle, especially an aircraft: The symbol was painted on each side of the plane's nose.

nose

verb uk   /nəʊz/ us    /noʊz/

nose verb (SEARCH)

[I usually + adv/prep] informal to look around or search in order to discover something, especially something that other people do not want you to find: There were some journalists nosing about/around. The police came in and started nosing into drawers and looking through papers.

nose verb (VEHICLE)

[I or T, + adv/prep] to (make a vehicle) move forwards slowly and carefully: The car nosed out of the side street, its driver peering anxiously around. He carefully nosed his lorry into the small gap.
Phrasal verbs
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