[ noh-zing ]

  1. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use nosing in a sentence

  • Edges should be finished with nosings, which are rounded edges.

    Convenient Houses | Louis Henry Gibson
  • Johnnie leaped out of the buggy, to be met by a smother of pawings and nosings from old Spot.

    The Tale of Old Dog Spot | Arthur Scott Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for nosing


/ (ˈnəʊzɪŋ) /

  1. the edge of a step or stair tread that projects beyond the riser

  2. a projecting edge of a moulding, esp one that is half-round

Origin of nosing

C18: from nose + -ing 1

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