1. An elementary sound which is uttered through the nose, or through both the nose and the mouth
2. (Med.) A medicine that operates through the nose; an errhine. [Archaic]
3. (Anc. Armor) Part of a helmet projecting to protect the nose; a nose guard.
4. (Anat.) One of the nasal bones.
5. (Zoöl.) A plate, or scale, on the nose of a fish, etc.
(Na*sal"i*ty) n. [Cf. F. nasalité.] The quality or state of being nasal.
(Na`sal*i*za"tion) n. The act of nasalizing, or the state of being nasalized.
(Na"sal*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nasalized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Nasalizing ] To render nasal, as
sound; to insert a nasal or sound in.
(Na"sal*ize), v. t. To utter words or letters with a nasal sound; to speak through the nose.
(Na"sal*ly), adv. In a nasal manner; by the nose.
(Nas"cal) n. [F. nascale.] (Med.) A kind of pessary of medicated wool or cotton, formerly used.
(Nas"cen*cy) n. [L. nascentia. See Nascent.] State of being nascent; birth; beginning; origin.
(Nas"cent) a. [L. nascens, -entis, p. pr. nasci to be born. See Nation, and cf. Naissant.]
1. Commencing, or in process of development; beginning to exist or to grow; coming into being; as, a
Nascent passions and anxieties.Berkley.
2. (Chem.) Evolving; being evolved or produced.
Nascent state (Chem.), the supposed instantaneous or momentary state of an uncombined atom or
radical just separated from one compound acid, and not yet united with another, a hypothetical condition
implying peculiarly active chemical properties; as, hydrogen in the nascent state is a strong reducer.
(Nase"ber`ry) n. [Sp. nispero medlar and naseberry tree, fr. L. mespilus. See Medlar.]
(Bot.) A tropical fruit. See Sapodilla. [Written also nisberry.]
(Nash) a. [Etymol. uncertain.] Firm; stiff; hard; also, chilly. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.