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nares Tweet Definition of nares Like Definition of nares on Facebook
noun
  1. plural of naris
nasal Tweet Definition of nasal Like Definition of nasal on Facebook
noun
  1. An elementary sound which is uttered through the nose, or through both the nose and the mouth simultaneously.
  2. (medicine) (archaic) A medicine that operates through the nose; an errhine.
  3. (phonetics) A nasal vowel or consonant.
  4. (armour) Part of a helmet projecting to protect the nose; a nose guard.
    • 1909, Charles Henry Ashdown, European Arms & Armor, page 78,
    • :The continued in use until about 1140, when it was generally discarded, but isolated examples may be found in every succeeding century down to the seventeenth.
      1. (anatomy) One of the nasal bones.
      2. (zoology) A plate, or scale, on the nose of a fish, etc.
adjective
  1. (anatomy) Of or pertaining to the nose.
  2. (phonetics) Having a quality imparted by means of the nose; and specifically, made by lowering the soft palate, in some cases with closure of the oral passage, the voice thus issuing (wholly or partially) through the nose, as in the consonants m, n, ng; characterized by resonance in the nasal passage; as, a nasal vowel; a nasal utterance.
nasal concha Tweet Definition of nasal concha Like Definition of nasal concha on Facebook
noun (pluralnasal conchae)
  1. (anatomy) Any one of the three thin bony plates on the lateral wall of the nasal cavity.
nates Tweet Definition of nates Like Definition of nates on Facebook
noun (plural)
  1. the buttocks
  • 1963: Enderby watched her warily as she lay prone, having kicked the clothes off the bed, her silvered by the Roman moonlight to the likeness of a meringue. " Anthony Burgess, Inside Mr Enderby
neck Tweet Definition of neck Like Definition of neck on Facebook
noun
  1. the part of body connecting the head and the trunk found in humans and some animals
  2. the part of a shirt, dress, etc., which fits a person's .
  3. the tapered part of a bottle toward the opening
  4. (music) the extension of any stringed instrument on which a fingerboard is mounted
verb
  1. To make out; to snog; to intently kiss or cuddle.
''Alan and Betty were necking in the back of a car when Betty's dad caught them.
nephric Tweet Definition of nephric Like Definition of nephric on Facebook
adjective
  1. Relating to or connected with a kidney.
nerve Tweet Definition of nerve Like Definition of nerve on Facebook
noun
  1. A bundle of neurons with their connective tissue sheaths, blood vessels, and lymphatics.
  2. (context, nonstandard, colloquial) A neuron.
  3. courage, Courage.
  4. patience, Patience.
  5. stamina, Stamina.
  6. audacity, Audacity.
He had the nerve to enter my house uninvited.
  1. (in plural) agitation, Agitation caused by fear, stress, or other negative emotion.
verb (nerv, es)
  1. To give courage, sometimes with "up".
May their example us to face the enemy.
The liquor nerved up several of the men.
nerve cord Tweet Definition of nerve cord Like Definition of nerve cord on Facebook
noun
  1. A dorsal tubular cord of nervous tissue above the notochord of a chordate.
nervine Tweet Definition of nervine Like Definition of nervine on Facebook
adjective
  1. (medicine) Having the quality of acting upon or affecting the nerves; quieting nervous excitement.
neural Tweet Definition of neural Like Definition of neural on Facebook
adjective
  1. Of, or relating to the nerves, neurons or the nervous system.
  2. (computing) model
    1. Verb, Modelled on the arrangement of neurons in the brain.
neurohypophysis Tweet Definition of neurohypophysis Like Definition of neurohypophysis on Facebook
noun (pluralneurohypophyses)
  1. (anatomy) the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland, responsible for the release of oxytocin and Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH), also called vasopressin
node Tweet Definition of node Like Definition of node on Facebook
noun (pluralnodes)
  1. A knot, a knob; a protuberance; a swelling.
  2. (Astronomy) The point where the orbit of a planet, as viewed from the sun, intersects the ecliptic. The ascending and descending nodes refer respetively to the points where the planet moves from S to N and N to S. The respective symbols are ☊ and ☋.
  3. The joint of a stem, or the part where a leaf or several leaves are inserted.
  4. A hole in the gnomon of a dial, through which passes the ray of light which marks the hour of the day, the parallels of the sun's declination, his place in the ecliptic, etc.
  5. (geometry) The point at which a curve crosses itself, being a double point of the curve. See Crunode, and Acnode.
  6. The point at which the lines of a funicular machine meet from different angular directions; -- called also knot.
  7. The knot, intrigue, or plot of a piece.
  8. A hard concretion or incrustation which forms upon bones attacked with rheumatism, gout, or syphilis; sometimes also, a swelling in the neighborhood of a joint.
  9. One of the fixed points of a sonorous string, when it vibrates by aliquot parts, and produces the harmonic tones; nodal line or point.
  10. A swelling.
  11. (graphtheory) A vertex of a graph.
  12. (computing_theory) (context, computer networking) A vertex or a leaf in a graph of a network; a computer or other device attached to a network
nose Tweet Definition of nose Like Definition of nose on Facebook
noun
  1. The organ of the face used to smell things.
  2. A snout, the nose of an animal
  3. The tip of an object (e.g. the nose of a fighter plane).
  4. (Horse racing) The length of a horse, 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 .
  1. Bouquet, the smell of something, especially wine.
  2. The skill in recognising bouquet
It is essential that a winetaster develops a good .
nostril Tweet Definition of nostril Like Definition of nostril on Facebook
noun
  1. Either of the two orifices located on the nose (or on the beak of a bird); used as a passage for air and other gases to travel the nasal passages.
nucleus Tweet Definition of nucleus Like Definition of nucleus on Facebook
noun (pl=nuclei, pl2=nucleuses)
  1. (context, chemistry, physics) The massive, positively charged central part of an atom made up of protons and neutrons.
  2. (cytology) A large organelle found in cells which contains genetic material.
  3. The central part (of something), round which others are collected.
  4. An initial part that will receive additions.
This collection will form the of a new library.
  1. (neuroanatomy) A cluster of many neuronal bodies where synapsing occurs.
nympha Tweet Definition of nympha Like Definition of nympha on Facebook
noun (nymphae)
  1. (entomology) A nymph.
  2. (in plural, archaic) The labia minora.

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