Definition of nasal in English:

nasal

adjective

  • 1Relating to the nose.

    ‘the nasal passages’
    ‘a nasal spray’
    • ‘The findings do not tell us anything about the benefits or risks of other modes of HRT administration such as patches, gels, implants or nasal spray.’
    • ‘Your doctor might recommend using nose drops, a nasal spray, a decongestant, or an antihistamine.’
    • ‘The company develops a unique anti-bleeding agent for use in first-aid products, such as plasters, sprays and nasal plugs.’
    • ‘You can, instead of getting a shot, I can actually just get a nasal spray.’
    • ‘The virus can be spread through direct contact or through the air, and can live in the environment - on clothes or hay or even in human nasal passages - for a month.’
    • ‘Exercise releases adrenaline, a natural decongestant, which may explain why a run or other activity can help clear nasal passages.’
    • ‘Tourists looking to give their nasal passages a workout should check out Japan's sulfurous hot springs, lavender blossoms and grilled eel, left, for starters.’
    • ‘It became apparent that I have a sizeable polyp that has gained a foothold across the top of my nose, blocking both of my nasal passages.’
    • ‘If you love me, you'll send me tissues and nasal sprays.’
    • ‘Nose drop addiction is a vicious cycle requiring more frequent use of nose drops or spray to keep your nasal passages clear.’
    • ‘Something's really wrong with my nasal passages.’
    • ‘And yet again, these problems are ‘solved’ with pills and lotions and nasal sprays.’
    • ‘It caught my nasal passages sharply, like a fishhook.’
    • ‘Drops can relieve itchy eyes, and a nasal spray helps a blocked nose and sneezing.’
    • ‘It is an excellent method for opening blocked nasal passages.’
    • ‘Treatment usually consists of antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, eye drops and, occasionally, desensitisation or steroid jabs.’
    • ‘Upshot was, one nasal spray, two weeks off nursery school, constant nose-blowing and operations may not be as essential to future happiness as was previously thought.’
    • ‘Maybe there's more to my nasal passages than meets the eye.’
    • ‘There are several natural remedies available for snoring, ranging from throat lubricants and nasal sprays to nose strips.’
  • 2Phonetics
    (of a speech sound) pronounced by the breath resonating in the nose, e.g. m, n, ng, or French en, un.

    Compare with oral (sense 2 of the adjective)
    • ‘I have never, for instance, heard a speaker of English condemn the nasal vowels or the dropped consonants of the French language.’
    • ‘In Chinese pronunciation, basic vowels can form vowel combinations with each other or with a nasal consonant.’
    • ‘Hollow N representing nasal sound of vowels, as in French Vin.’
    • ‘English vowels may be partially nasalized when followed by a nasal consonant.’
    • ‘In the former, 12 vowels are distinguished, six oral vowels and six nasal vowels.’
    1. 2.1 (of the voice or speech) produced or characterized by resonation in the nose as well as the mouth.
      ‘a drawling nasal voice’
      • ‘I don't have to ever again endure his nasal voice!’
      • ‘‘Alright class, take your seats,’ Mrs. Marks' nasal voice droned through the class.’
      • ‘His voice was annoying since it had a nasal whine to it.’
      • ‘A few girls snickered on the row behind them as warm-ups began; Mikelle's nasal voice often brought ridicule from others around her.’
      • ‘‘Sir, there is a woman here that has your name to get a room,’ the head serviceman says over the phone in a very nasal voice.’
      • ‘She was ripped out of her thoughts when her father's loud nasal voice filled the hall, and she had to force herself not to cover her ears.’
      • ‘His voice is mildly nasal, mildly ironic, and in general, mild.’
      • ‘The voice lost its mysterious deep quality and rose to a nasal whine at the end of the sentence.’
      • ‘Belle's nasal voice (which was fake) could be heard a mile away.’
      • ‘The high-pitched, nasal voice stopped Kate's explanation in its tracks.’
      • ‘I glared icily at him, and then mimicked him in a false, high, nasal voice.’
      • ‘It seemed like they had so much in common: nasal voices, a taste for writing long, slow, acoustic dirges, and a closet full of flannel.’
      • ‘David's nasal voice managed to sound both sombre and aroused.’
      • ‘She stuttered incorrigibly and had a sharp, nasal voice, which grated on Flanagan's nerves throughout the painful forty-five minutes.’
      • ‘Sung in a whiny nasal voice over acoustic guitar strumming, the lyric would have been nothing short of painful.’
      • ‘He has a deep and resonant or perhaps a high and nasal voice.’
      • ‘As an oldies act, his nasal whine, shockingly similar to his father's distinctive voice, grates on the nerves in stereo.’
      • ‘The lead singer stepped up to the mic, and spoke in a nasal voice.’
      • ‘Indeed, her voice was quite nasal; her bright red nose couldn't hide it.’
      • ‘Was that a sob, hidden carefully in that whining, nasal voice?’

noun

  • 1A nasal speech sound.

    • ‘These consonants are generally referred to as nasal consonants or nasals.’
    • ‘There is one exception to this generalization - the velar nasal may not occur in onset position.’
    • ‘From the point of view of the writer, there are a few ambiguities in that in certain environments syllable-final nasals may be written either as nasals or as the plain stops of the same point of articulation.’
    • ‘In fairness, we either don't/won't speak French or we speak it badly with an English speaker's difficulty over the French nasals.’
  • 2historical A nosepiece on a helmet.

    • ‘Sometimes a nasal would be included to protect the face, often as an extension of the framework although it could be added separately.’

Origin

Middle English (in nasal (sense 2 of the noun)): from medieval Latin nasalis, from Latin nasus ‘nose’.

Pronunciation

nasal

/ˈneɪz(ə)l/