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v. nod·ded, nod·ding, nods
1. To lower and raise the head quickly, as in agreement or acknowledgment.
2. To let the head fall forward when sleepy.
3. To be careless or momentarily inattentive as if sleepy; lapse: Even Homer nods.
4. To sway, move up and down, or droop, as flowers in the wind.
1. To lower and raise (the head) quickly in agreement or acknowledgment.
2. To express by lowering and raising the head: nod one's agreement.
3. To summon, guide, or send by nodding the head: She nodded us into the room.
1. A forward or up-and-down movement of the head, usually expressive of drowsiness or agreement: a nod of affirmation.
2. An indication of approval or assent: The contestant got the nod from the judges.
3. Informal A nomination for an award.
Phrasal Verbs:
nod off
To doze momentarily: nodded off during the lecture.
nod out Slang
To fall asleep, especially as a result of taking a drug.

[Middle English nodden; perhaps akin to Middle High German notten.]

nod′der n.
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Adj.1.nodding - having branches or flower heads that bend downward; "nodding daffodils"; "the pendulous branches of a weeping willow"; "lilacs with drooping panicles of fragrant flowers"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
unerect - not upright in position or posture


Ready for or needing sleep:


adj to have a nodding acquaintance with somebodyjdn flüchtig kennen
References in classic literature ?
She would often come to me and talk in a confidential strain; nodding and shaking her head, and gesticulating with hands and eyes, as a certain class of old ladies are won't to do; though I never knew one that carried the peculiarity to so great an extent.
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Kimberley Nodding was only 25 weeks pregnant when she gave birth to baby Brogan at her home on Jervaulx Road, Skelton, at about 4am on January 22.
He spends the more sedentary stretches nodding out in women's clothing, not comprehending pitches from visiting Mormons and Yellow Pages salesmen, and ignoring his entourage's barely coherent pleas to turn on the heat or listen to a just-composed song or some such needy thing.
She heard," Aunt Ida said, nodding her head in a slow steady beat, like the preacher leaning back and forth to music.