nodding


From the verb nod: (⇒ conjugate)
nodding is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
nod /nɑd/USA pronunciation   v.,  nod•ded, nod•ding, n. 
v. 
  1. to make a slight, quick bending movement of the head, as in agreement, greeting, or command: [no object]She nodded at us and we stood up.[+ object]He nodded his head in approval.
  2. to express or show by such a movement:[+ object]He nodded his approval.
  3. [no object] to let the head fall slightly forward with a sudden movement, as from sleepiness.
  4. Slang Termsnod off, [no object] to fall asleep.

n. [countable]
  1. a short, quick bending of the head:At a nod from the teacher they all began to sing.
Idioms
  1. Idioms, Informal Termsgive the nod to, [+ object] to express approval of:He gave the nod to our proposal.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
nod  (nod),USA pronunciation v.,  nod•ded, nod•ding, n. 
v.i. 
  1. to make a slight, quick downward bending forward of the head, as in assent, greeting, or command.
  2. to let the head fall slightly forward with a sudden, involuntary movement when sleepy.
  3. to doze, esp. in a sitting position:The speaker was so boring that half the audience was nodding.
  4. to become careless, inattentive, or listless;
    make an error or mistake through lack of attention.
  5. Botany(of trees, flowers, plumes, etc.) to droop, bend, or incline with a swaying motion.

v.t. 
  1. to bend (the head) in a short, quick downward movement, as of assent or greeting.
  2. to express or signify by such a movement of the head:to nod approval; to nod agreement.
  3. to summon, bring, or send by a nod of the head.
  4. to cause (something) to lean or sway;
    incline.
  5. Idiomsnod off, to fall asleep or doze, esp. in a sitting position:He was reprimanded for nodding off in class.
  6. Drugs, Idiomsnod out, [Slang.]to fall asleep owing to the effects of a dose of a narcotic analgesic drug.

n. 
  1. a short, quick downward bending forward of the head, as in assent, greeting, or command or because of drowsiness.
  2. a brief period of sleep;
    nap.
  3. a bending or swaying movement.
  4. Idioms, Informal Termsgive the nod to, [Informal.]to express approval of;
    agree to:The board gave the nod to the new proposal.
  5. on the nod: 
    • Idioms[Brit. Slang.]on credit.
    • Idioms[Slang.]drowsy following a dose of a narcotic drug.
nodder, n. 
nodding•ly, adv. 
  • Middle English nodde, of uncertain origin, originally 1350–1400
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged drowse.

Nod  (nod),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Biblethe land east of Eden where Cain went to dwell. Gen. 4:16.
  2. MythologySee  land of Nod. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
nod /nɒd/ vb (nods, nodding, nodded)
  1. to lower and raise (the head) briefly, as to indicate agreement, invitation, etc
  2. (transitive) to express or indicate by nodding: she nodded approval
  3. (transitive) to bring or direct by nodding: she nodded me towards the manager's office
  4. (intransitive) (of flowers, trees, etc) to sway or bend forwards and back
  5. (intransitive) to let the head fall forward through drowsiness; be almost asleep
  6. (intransitive) to be momentarily inattentive or careless: even Homer sometimes nods
  7. nodding acquaintancea slight, casual, or superficial knowledge (of a subject or a person)
n
  1. a quick down-and-up movement of the head, as in assent, command, etc
  2. a short sleep; nap
    See also land of Nod

See also nod offEtymology: 14th Century nodde, of obscure origin

ˈnodding adj , n
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