- of or relating to the nose: the nasal cavity.
- Phonetics. pronounced with the voice issuing through the nose, either partly, as in French nasal vowels, or entirely (as in m, n, or the ng of song).
- Phonetics. a nasal speech sound.
Origin of nasal1
- a bar or narrow plate used with an open helmet as a defense for the nose.
Origin of nasal2
Examples from the Web for nasal
Contemporary Examples of nasal
Called by the hoity toity term of nasal insufflation, this method was used by some in Asia till a few hundred years ago.Powdered Measles Vaccine Could Be Huge for Developing World
December 2, 2014
Among them were some horrifying images of severe damage to nasal tissue caused by a child lodging a button battery in her nose.Kids Eat the Darndest Things: Laundry Pods, Teething Necklaces, and More Of The Weirdest Stuff Sending Kids to the E.R.
November 14, 2014
As a nasal spray it keeps the passages moist and bacteria free, ideal for travel or ducted heating systems.These Are The 15 Supplements to Keep In Your Medicine Cabinet
December 28, 2013
My partner gives me quite a hard time about it, but not as hard a time, she says, as I'm giving my nasal tubes.Ali Smith: How I Write
January 23, 2013
Straithairn, who played Edward R. Murrow in Good Night and Good Luck, summons up the nasal voice of Lincoln.David's Bookclub: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
December 11, 2012
Historical Examples of nasal
The male voice was peculiar; it was, as I told you, reedy and nasal.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
The bookmakers kept up their nasal cries of "I lay on the field!"The Christian
He uttered the words with a nasal intonation, and a whimsical look at Kenneth.The Tavern Knight
The one remarkable difference between them was in the nasal organ.The Hound From The North
And this he said with a nasal twang whose imitation was not to be mistaken.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
- of or relating to the nose
- phonetics pronounced with the soft palate lowered allowing air to escape via the nasal cavity instead of or as well as through the mouth
- a nasal speech sound, such as English m, n, or ng
- another word for nosepiece (def. 1)
Word Origin for nasal
Word Origin and History for nasal
1650s, "of the nose," from French nasal, from Latin nasus "nose, the nose, sense of smell," from PIE *nas- (see nose (n.)). Of speech sounds, attested from 1660s. As a noun, "nasal letter or sound," from 1660s. Related: Nasality; nasalization.
- Of, in, or relating to the nose.
- Relating to or involving the nose.