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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.
Verb phrases
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,
British Slang. on credit.
Slang. drowsy following a dose of a narcotic drug.

1350–1400; Middle English nodde, of uncertain origin

nodder, noun
noddingly, adverb
unnodding, adjective

3. drowse.
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nod (nɒd)
vb , nods, nodding, nodded
1.  to lower and raise (the head) briefly, as to indicate agreement, invitation, etc
2.  (tr) to express or indicate by nodding: she nodded approval
3.  (tr) to bring or direct by nodding: she nodded me towards the manager's office
4.  (intr) (of flowers, trees, etc) to sway or bend forwards and back
5.  (intr) to let the head fall forward through drowsiness; be almost asleep: the old lady sat nodding by the fire
6.  (intr) to be momentarily inattentive or careless: even Homer sometimes nods
7.  nodding acquaintance a slight, casual, or superficial knowledge (of a subject or a person)
8.  a quick down-and-up movement of the head, as in assent, command, etc: she greeted him with a nod
9.  See also land of Nod a short sleep; nap
10.  a swaying motion, as of flowers, etc, in the wind
11.  informal on the nod
 a.  agreed, as in a committee meeting, without any formal procedure
 b.  (formerly) on credit
12.  informal boxing the nod the award of a contest to a competitor on the basis of points scored
[C14 nodde, of obscure origin]
adj, —n

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Word Origin & History

"to quickly bow the head," late 14c., of unknown origin, probably an O.E. word, but not recorded; perhaps related to O.H.G. hnoton "to shake," from P.Gmc. *khnudojanan. The noun is first attested 1540. Meaning "to drift in and out of consciousness while on drugs" is attested from 1968.
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Bible Dictionary

Nod definition

exile; wandering; unrest, a name given to the country to which Cain fled (Gen.4:16). It lay on the east of Eden.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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