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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.



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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.

NOD, n.

  1. A quick declination of the head. A took or a nod only ought to correct them when they do amiss. Locke.
  2. A quick declination or inclination. Like a drunken sailor on a mast, Ready with every nod to tumble down. Shak.
  3. A quick inclination of the head in drowsiness or sleep. Locke.
  4. A slight obeisance. Shak.
  5. A command; as, in L. numen, for nutamen.

NOD, v.i. [L. nuto; Gr. νευω, contracted; W. amnaid, a nod; amneidiaw, to nod, to beckon, from naid, a leap, a spring; neidiaw, to leap, to throb or beat, as the pulso; Ar. نَادَ nada, to nod, to shake; Heb. Ch. and Syr. נוד, to move, to shake, to wander. It coincides in elements with L. nato, to swim. Class Nd, No. 3, 9, 10.]

  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. Thomson.
  3. To be drowsy. Your predecessors, contrary to other authors, never pleased their readers more than when they were nodding. Addison.
  4. To make a slight bow; also, to beckon with a nod.

NOD, v.t.

To incline or bend; to shake. Shak.


Nod
  1. To bend or incline the upper part, with a quick motion; as, nodding plumes.
  2. 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.
  3. A dropping or bending forward of the upper part or top of anything.

    Like a drunken sailor on a mast,
    Ready with every nod to tumble down.
    Shak.

  4. 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.
  5. To signify by a nod; as, to nod approbation.
  6. 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.

  7. To be drowsy or dull; to be careless.

    Nor is it Homer nods, but we that dream. Pope.

  8. To cause to bend.

    [Poetic]

    By every wind that nods the mountain pine. Keats.

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Nod

NOD, verb intransitive [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, verb transitive To incline or bend; to shake.

NOD, noun

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 Latin numen, for nutamen.

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