(1)   A front that resembles a human nose (especially the front of an aircraft)
"The nose of the rocket heated up on reentry"
(2)   The front or forward projection of a tool or weapon
"He ducked under the nose of the gun"
(3)   A projecting spout from which a fluid is discharged
(4)   The organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals
"He has a cold in the nose"
(5)   A natural skill
"He has a nose for good deals"
(6)   The sense of smell (especially in animals)
"The hound has a good nose"
(7)   A symbol of inquisitiveness
"Keep your nose out of it"
(8)   A small distance
"My horse lost the race by a nose"


(9)   Defeat by a narrow margin
(10)   Rub noses
(11)   Push or move with the nose
(12)   Advance the forward part of with caution
"She nosed the car into the left lane"
(13)   Catch the scent of; get wind of
"The dog nosed out the drugs"
(14)   Search or inquire in a meddlesome way
"This guy is always nosing around the office"


  1. The organ of the face used to breathe or smell.
    She has a cold in the nose.
  2. A snout, the nose of an animal
  3. The tip of an object (e.g. the nose of a fighter plane).
  4. The length of a horse’s nose, used to indicate the distance between horses at the finish of a race, or any very close race.
    Red Rum only won by a nose.
  5. Bouquet, the smell of something, especially wine.
  6. The skill in recognising bouquet.
    It is essential that a winetaster develops a good nose.
  7. Skill at finding information.
    A successful reporter has a nose for news.


  1. To move cautiously.
    The ship nosed through the minefield.
  2. To snoop.
    She was nosing around other people’s business.
  3. To detect by smell or as if by smell.
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, act 4, sc. 3,
      If you find him not within
      this month, you shall nose him as you go up the
      stairs into the lobby.
  4. To push with one's nose.
  5. To nuzzle.
  6. To win by a narrow margin.