sneezing

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sneeze \Sneeze\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Sneezed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sneezing}.] [OE. snesen; of uncertain origin; cf. D. snuse to sniff, E. neese, and AS. fne['o]san.] To emit air, chiefly through the nose, audibly and violently, by a kind of involuntary convulsive force, occasioned by irritation of the inner membrane of the nose.

{Not to be sneezed at}, not to be despised or contemned; not to be treated lightly. [Colloq.] "He had to do with old women who were not to be sneezed at." --Prof. Wilson.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sneezing \Sneez"ing\, noun (Physiol.) The act of violently forcing air out through the nasal passages while the cavity of the mouth is shut off from the pharynx by the approximation of the soft palate and the base of the tongue.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

sneezing

noun

1: a symptom consisting of the involuntary expulsion of air from the nose [syn: {sneeze}, {sneezing}, {sternutation}]


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