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Nod definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

NOD, v.i. [Gr. contracted; a nod; to nod, to beckon, a leap a spring; to leap, to throb or beat, as the pulse]
1. To incline the head with a quick motion, either forward or sidewise, as persons nod in sleep.
2. To bend or incline with a quick motion; as nodding plumes.
The nodding verdure of its brow.
3. To be drowsy.
Your predecessors, contrary to other authors, never pleased their readers more than when they were nodding.
4. To make a slight bow; also, to beckon with a nod.
NOD, v.t. To incline or bend; to shake.
NOD, n.
1. A quick declination of the head.
A look or a nod only ought to correct them when they do amiss.
2. A quick declination or inclination.
Like a drunken sailor on a mast, ready with every nod to tumble down.
3. A quick inclination of the head in drowsiness or sleep.
4. A slight obeisance.
5. A command; as in L. numen, for nutamen.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a sign of assent or salutation or command
2: the act of nodding the head v
1: express or signify by nodding; "He nodded his approval"
2: lower and raise the head, as to indicate assent or agreement or confirmation; "The teacher nodded when the student gave the right answer"
3: let the head fall forward through drowsiness; "The old man was nodding in his chair"
4: sway gently back and forth, as in a nodding motion; "the flowers were nodding in the breeze"
5: be almost asleep; "The old man sat nodding by the fireplace"

Merriam Webster's

I. verb (nodded; nodding) Etymology: Middle English nodden; perhaps akin to Old High German hnot?n to shake Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to make a quick downward motion of the head whether deliberately (as in expressing assent or salutation) or involuntarily (as from drowsiness) 2. to incline or sway from the vertical as though ready to fall 3. to bend or sway the upper part gently downward or forward ; bob gently 4. to make a slip or error in a moment of abstraction transitive verb 1. to incline (as the head) downward or forward 2. to bring, invite, or send by a nod <nodded us in> 3. to signify by a nod <nodded their approval> nodder noun II. noun Date: circa 1541 1. the act or an instance of nodding <gave a nod of greeting> 2. an indication especially of approval or recognition <received the party's nod as candidate for governor>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v. (nodded, nodding) 1 intr. incline one's head slightly and briefly in greeting, assent, or command. 2 intr. let one's head fall forward in drowsiness; be drowsy. 3 tr. incline (one's head). 4 tr. signify (assent etc.) by a nod. 5 intr. (of flowers, plumes, etc.) bend downwards and sway, or move up and down. 6 intr. make a mistake due to a momentary lack of alertness or attention. 7 intr. (of a building etc.) incline from the perpendicular (nodding to its fall). --n. a nodding of the head. Phrases and idioms: get the nod US be chosen or approved. nodding acquaintance (usu. foll. by with) a very slight acquaintance with a person or subject. nod off colloq. fall asleep. nod through colloq. 1 approve on the nod. 2 Brit. Parl. formally count (a Member of Parliament) as if having voted when unable to do so. on the nod colloq. 1 with merely formal assent and no discussion. 2 on credit. Derivatives: noddingly adv. Etymology: ME nodde, of unkn. orig.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Nod Nod, v. i. [OE. nodden; cf. OHG. kn?t?n, genuot?n, to shake, and E. nudge.] 1. To bend or incline the upper part, with a quick motion; as, nodding plumes. 2. To incline the head with a quick motion; to make a slight bow; to make a motion of assent, of salutation, or of drowsiness, with the head; as, to nod at one. 3. To be drowsy or dull; to be careless. Nor is it Homer nods, but we that dream. --Pope.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Nod Nod, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nodded; p. pr. & vb. n. Nodding.] 1. To incline or bend, as the head or top; to make a motion of assent, of salutation, or of drowsiness with; as, to nod the head. 2. To signify by a nod; as, to nod approbation. 3. To cause to bend. [Poetic] By every wind that nods the mountain pine. --Keats.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Nod Nod, n. 1. A dropping or bending forward of the upper oart or top of anything. Like a drunken sailor on a mast, Ready with every nod to tumble down. --Shak. 2. A quick or slight downward or forward motion of the head, in assent, in familiar salutation, in drowsiness, or in giving a signal, or a command. A look or a nod only ought to correct them [the children] when they do amiss. --Locke. Nations obey my word and wait my nod. --Prior. The land of Nod, sleep.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(nods, nodding, nodded) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. If you nod, you move your head downwards and upwards to show that you are answering 'yes' to a question, or to show agreement, understanding, or approval. 'Are you okay?' I asked. She nodded and smiled... Jacques tasted one and nodded his approval... 'Oh, yes,' she nodded. 'I understand you very well.' VERB: no passive, V, V n, V with quote Nod is also a noun. She gave a nod and said, 'I see'... He gave Sabrina a quick nod of acknowledgement. N-COUNT: usu a N 2. If you nod in a particular direction, you bend your head once in that direction in order to indicate something or to give someone a signal. 'Does it work?' he asked, nodding at the piano... He lifted the end of the canoe, nodding to me to take up mine. VERB: no passive, V prep, V to n to-inf 3. If you nod, you bend your head once, as a way of saying hello or goodbye. All the girls nodded and said 'Hi'... Tom nodded a greeting but didn't say anything... Both of them smiled and nodded at friends... They nodded goodnight to the security man. VERB: no passive, V, V n, V at/to n, V n to n 4. In football, if a player nods the ball in a particular direction, they hit the ball there with their head. (BRIT INFORMAL) Taylor leapt up to nod the ball home... = head VERB: V n adv/prep

Hitchcock Bible Dictionary

vagabond; fugitive

Easton's Bible Dictionary

exile; wandering; unrest, a name given to the country to which Cain fled (Gen.4:16). It lay on the east of Eden.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

nod (nodh): The land of Eden, to which Cain migrated after the murder of his brother and his banishment by Yahweh (Ge 4:16). Conjecture is useless as to the region intended. The ideas of China, India, etc., which some have entertained, are groundless. The territory was evidently at some distance, but where is now undiscoverable.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a., v. n. Bow. II. n. Bow, beck.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

He is gone to the land of nod; he is asleep.

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