from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A piece of armor that forms part of a helmet and protects the nose.
  • n. The part of a pair of eyeglasses that fits across the nose.
  • n. See noseband.
  • n. The part of a microscope, often rotatable, to which one or more objective lenses are attached.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Anything (originally a piece of armour) that protects the nose
  • n. The bridge between spectacle lenses that rests on the nose
  • n. The part of a microscope that holds the objectives

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a strap that is the part of a bridle that goes over the animal's nose
  • n. the link between two lenses; rests on the nose
  • n. armor plate that protects the nose


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