verb (used without object), nodded, nodding.
to make a slight, quick downward bending forward of the head, as in assent, greeting, or command.
to let the head fall slightly forward with a sudden, involuntary movement when sleepy.
to doze, especially in a sitting position:
The speaker was so boring that half the audience was nodding.
to become careless, inattentive, or listless; make an error or mistake through lack of attention.
(of trees, flowers, plumes, etc.) to droop, bend, or incline with a swaying motion.
verb (used with object), nodded, nodding.
to bend (the head) in a short, quick downward movement, as of assent or greeting.
to express or signify by such a movement of the head:
to nod approval; to nod agreement.
to summon, bring, or send by a nod of the head.
to cause (something) to lean or sway; incline.
a short, quick downward bending forward of the head, as in assent, greeting, or command or because of drowsiness.
a brief period of sleep; nap.
a bending or swaying movement.
nod off, to fall asleep or doze, especially in a sitting position:
He was reprimanded for nodding off in class.
nod out, Slang. to fall asleep, especially owing to the effects of a drug.
give the nod to, Informal. to express approval of; agree to:
The board gave the nod to the new proposal.
on the nod,
the land east of Eden where Cain went to dwell. Gen. 4:16.
verb nods, nodding, nodded
to lower and raise (the head) briefly, as to indicate agreement, invitation, etc
(transitive) to express or indicate by nodding: she nodded approval
(transitive) to bring or direct by nodding: she nodded me towards the manager’s office
(intransitive) (of flowers, trees, etc) to sway or bend forwards and back
(intransitive) to let the head fall forward through drowsiness; be almost asleep: the old lady sat nodding by the fire
(intransitive) to be momentarily inattentive or careless: even Homer sometimes nods
nodding acquaintance, a slight, casual, or superficial knowledge (of a subject or a person)
a quick down-and-up movement of the head, as in assent, command, etc: she greeted him with a nod
a short sleep; nap See also land of Nod
a swaying motion, as of flowers, etc, in the wind
(informal) on the nod
(boxing, informal) the nod, the award of a contest to a competitor on the basis of points scored
“to quickly bow the head,” late 14c., of unknown origin, probably an Old English word, but not recorded; perhaps related to Old High German hnoton “to shake,” from Proto-Germanic *khnudojanan. Meaning “to drift in and out of consciousness while on drugs” is attested from 1968. Related: Nodded; nodding. A nodding acquaintance (1711) is one you know just well enough to greet with a nod.
mid-15c., from nod (v.). Land of Nod “sleep” is a pun on the biblical place name (Gen. iv:16).
To be intoxicated with narcotics to a very drowsy or stuporous state: with slews of rich kids nodding in the Scarsdale woods
[1960s+ Narcotics; the underlying sense, ”let the head fall forward when drowsy,” is found by 1562]
exile; wandering; unrest, a name given to the country to which Cain fled (Gen.4:16). It lay on the east of Eden.
In addition to the idiom beginning with nod
noble, probably a tribe descended from one of the sons of Ishmael, with whom the trans-Jordanic tribes made war (1 Chr.5:19).
[nohd-l] /ˈnoʊd l/ adjective 1. pertaining to or of the nature of a . /ˈnəʊdəl/ adjective 1. of or like a node adj. 1831, from node + -al (1). Related: Nodality. nodal nod·al (nōd’l) adj. Of, relating to, resembling, being, or situated near or at a node. Interpreted language implemented on Norsk Data’s NORD-10 computers. […]
- Nodal bradycardia
nodal bradycardia n. See atrioventricular nodal rhythm.