dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information
Wiki: Resources, links, and other information


3 definitions found
 for nostril
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nostril \Nos"tril\, n. [OE. nosethril, nosethirl, AS.
     nos[thorn]yrl; nos for nosu nose + [thorn]yrel opening, hole,
     from [thorn]yrel pierced, for [thorn]yrhel, fr. purh through.
     [root]261. See Nose, and Through, and cf. Thrill.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. (Anat.) One of the external openings of the nose, which
        give passage to the air breathed and to secretions from
        the nose and eyes; one of the anterior nares.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: In sperm whales, porpoises, and allied animals, there
           is only one nostril, which is situated on the top of
           the head and called a spiracle.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Perception; insight; acuteness. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Methinks a man
              Of your sagacity and clear nostril should
              Have made another choice.             --B. Jonson.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  nostril
      n 1: either one of the two external openings to the nasal cavity
           in the nose [syn: nostril, anterior naris]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  52 Moby Thesaurus words for "nostril":
     air duct, air hole, air passage, air shaft, air tube, airway,
     antlia, beak, beezer, bill, blowhole, breathing hole, bugle, conk,
     louver, louverwork, muffle, muzzle, nares, naris, neb, nib, nose,
     nostrils, nozzle, olfactories, olfactory area, olfactory cell,
     olfactory nerves, olfactory organ, olfactory pit, pecker,
     proboscis, rhinarium, rostrum, schnozzle, shaft, smeller, snoot,
     snout, spilehole, spiracle, touchhole, transom, trunk, vent,
     ventage, venthole, ventiduct, ventilating shaft, ventilator,
     wind tunnel
  
  

Questions or comments about this site? Contact webmaster@dict.org