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Meaning of “nose” in the English Dictionary

"nose" in British English

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nosenoun [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 had a ​sorethroat and a runny nose (= ​liquid coming out of the nose). Come on now, ​stopcrying and blowyour nose .
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specialized food & drink the ​particularsmell of a ​wine: a ​winepraised for ​itssmoky nose

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  • nose noun [C] (VEHICLE)

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

noseverb

uk   /nəʊz/  us   /noʊz/
(Definition of nose from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"nose" in American English

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nosenoun [C]

 us   /noʊz/
  • nose noun [C] (BODY PART)

the ​part of the ​face above the ​mouth through which a ​person or ​animal breathes and ​smells: He ​fractured a ​wrist and ​broke his nose in a ​fall. I have a ​runny nose (= ​liquid coming out of the nose). She ​blew her nose (= breathed out through the nose to ​clear it).
  • nose noun [C] (FRONT)

the ​front of a ​vehicle, esp. an ​aircraft or ​spacecraft

noseverb

 us   /noʊz/
  • nose verb (SEARCH)

[I always + adv/prep] infml to ​look around or ​search in ​order to ​discover something, esp. something that other ​people do not ​want you to ​find: I don’t ​want you nosing around in my ​closet.
  • nose verb (MOVE FORWARD)

[always + adv/prep] to move ​forwardslowly and ​carefully: [I] The ​car nosed out into ​traffic.
(Definition of nose from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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