nosing

[ noh-zing ]
/ ˈnoʊ zɪŋ /
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noun Architecture.

a projecting edge, as the part of the tread of a step extending beyond the riser or a projecting part of a buttress.

Origin of nosing

First recorded in 1765–75; nose + -ing1

Definition for nosing (2 of 2)

Origin of nose

before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English nosu; akin to Dutch neus, German Nase, Latin nāsus, Sanskrit nāsā
Related formsnose·less, adjectivenose·like, adjectiveun·nosed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nosing (1 of 2)

nosing

/ (ˈnəʊzɪŋ) /

noun

the edge of a step or stair tread that projects beyond the riser
a projecting edge of a moulding, esp one that is half-round

Word Origin for nosing

C18: from nose + -ing 1

British Dictionary definitions for nosing (2 of 2)

nose

/ (nəʊz) /

noun

verb

See also nose out
Derived Formsnoseless, adjectivenoselike, adjective

Word Origin for nose

Old English nosu; related to Old Frisian nose, Norwegian nosa to smell and nus smell
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Medicine definitions for nosing

nose

[ nōz ]

n.

The part of the human face or the forward part of the head of other vertebrates that contains the nostrils and organs of smell and forms the beginning of the respiratory tract.
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Idioms and Phrases with nosing

nose


In addition to the idioms beginning with nose

  • nose about
  • nose in
  • nose in a book, have one's
  • nose in the air, have one's
  • nose into
  • nose out
  • nose out of joint, have one's
  • nose to the grindstone, keep one's

also see:

  • brown nose
  • can't see beyond the end of one's nose
  • count noses
  • cut off one's nose
  • follow one's nose
  • keep one's nose clean
  • lead by the nose
  • look down on (one's nose)
  • no skin off my nose
  • on the nose
  • pay through the nose
  • plain as day (the nose on your face)
  • poke one's nose into
  • rub someone's nose in it
  • thumb one's nose
  • turn up one's nose
  • under one's nose
  • win by a nose
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