AskDefine | Define nasal

Dictionary Definition

nasal adj
1 of or in or relating to the nose; "nasal passages" [syn: rhinal]
2 sounding as if the nose were pinched; "a whining nasal voice" [syn: adenoidal, pinched]

Noun

1 a continuant consonant produced through the nose with the mouth closed [syn: nasal consonant]
2 an elongated rectangular bone that forms the bridge of the nose [syn: nasal bone, os nasale]

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English

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Of or pertaining to the nose.
  2. 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.

Translations

pertaining to the nose
  • Czech: nosní
having a quality imparted by means of the nose
  • Dutch: nasaal
  • Welsh: trwynol

Noun

  1. An elementary sound which is uttered through the nose, or through both the nose and the mouth simultaneously.
  2. A medicine that operates through the nose; an errhine.
  3. 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 nasal 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.
  5. One of the nasal bones.
  6. A plate, or scale, on the nose of a fish, etc.

Translations

a nasal vowel or consonant
  • Croatian: nazal, nosnik

Derived terms

French

Adjective

nasal (plural: nasaux)
  1. nasal

German

Etymology

Latin nasus + -al

Pronunciation

/naˈzaːl/

Adjective

nasal
  1. nasal

Related terms

Portuguese

Adjective

nasal (plural nasais)
  1. nasal

Noun

nasal
  1. nasal consonant

Noun

nasal
  1. nasal bone

Spanish

Adjective

  1. nasal

Noun

nasal
  1. nasal consonant

Extensive Definition

Nasal may refer to:

See also

nasal in German: Nasal
nasal in Dutch: Nasaal

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