American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Either of the external openings of the nose; a naris.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the external openings of the nose; a nasal orifice; a naris or narial aperture. The word is commonly restricted to the external opening. Nostrils are paired, but may be so united as to appear more or less as one. They usually present more or less directly forward, often sidewise, less frequently upward, seldom downward as in man. They are found in almost every shape that a hole can take, and details of their configuration and position often furnish zoölogical characters. In animals below mammals the nostrils are usually, if not always, motionless. In most mammals they are mobile, much more so than in man, being furnished with well-developed muscles for dilatation and contraction or even complete closure. Thus, among cetaceans and various other aquatic mammals the nostrils are perfectly valvular, guarding against the entrance of water. In those animals whose nose is a tactile organ the nostrils are sometimes fringed with processes like tentacles, as in the star-nosed mole. The nostrils of birds are often prominent horny tubes, as those of petrels and some goatsuckers. See cuts under bill, fulmar, and Condylura.
- n. Scent.
- n. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. obsolete Perception; insight; acuteness.
- n. either one of the two external openings to the nasal cavity in the nose
- From nose + thirl. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English nostrille, from Old English nosthyrl : nosu, nose; see nas- in Indo-European roots + thyrl, hole; see terə-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“My nostril is pulled up a little but he says it'll go down as it heals. for those of you who haven't done it yet, if the the doctor offers you for something for pain, take it!”
“It's bleeding a little periodically and my left nostril is totally swollen shut.”
“One nostril is dripping what looks like grape juice onto the cell floor.”
“He eyed Mr. Chadber speculatively, holding a pinch of snuff to one thin nostril”
“I think you call it nostril of his nose long, thin, fine.”
“And at least one "nostril" -- never actually visible in the original Viking image -- is plain to be seen; while its origin remains an unanswered question, flatly refuting its existence smacks of a deliberate attempt to "make the Face go away" in the public mind.”
“It's a small duct that connects the inside corner of the eye to the nostril, which is also why your nose runs when you cry.”
“A wrinkle of the nostril was the only answer and a further delay ensued while a message was sent to the Scylla which demanded that His Excellency the Comte de Maquerre be allowed quarters on board the frigate or, preferably, the Vengeance.”
“Inside the aperture of the nostril is a slight dilatation, the vestibule, bounded laterally by the ala and lateral crus of the greater alar cartilage, and medially by the medial crus of the same cartilage.”
“The nostril is the large oval marking directly in front of the eye.”
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