nose cone


Definition of nose cone

: a protective cone constituting the forward end of an aerospace vehicle

Examples of nose cone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The modifications made to make the CX-T are so comprehensive that the only body panels shared with the Plus Four are the doors and nose cone. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Lap 1 contact with Newgarden poked a hole in Bourdais’s nose cone and cost him downforce the entire race after starting fifth; and an early poor pitstop, combined with a late-race lockup surrendered a handful of positions to slot him 10th. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Apr. 2021 The nose cone was moved to the launch site on Wednesday. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 23 Oct. 2020 This time, three Raptor engines were already attached to the vehicle, as well as a nose cone and flaps—one of which was replaced after the SN9 vehicle leaned over in its high bay. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 23 Dec. 2020 Previous test flights have only gone up to about 150 meters, and those vehicles have not included the flaps, nose cone, and other features needed to control the vehicle's flight in the thin upper atmosphere. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 9 Dec. 2020 Movable body fins on its base and the nose cone helped Starship maneuver while gliding horizontally like a skydiver in free fall during the descent. Brandon Lingle, Chron, 21 Jan. 2021 When the smoke cleared, all that was left of the rocket was a charred and misshapen nose cone resting on the landing pad. Joe Pappalardo, Science, 10 Dec. 2020 It was powered by three Raptors and had a nose cone and stabilizing body flaps. Mike Wall, Scientific American, 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of nose cone

1949, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2021

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“Nose cone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nose cone

: the pointed front end of an aircraft, rocket, missile, etc.

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Kids Definition of nose cone

: a protective cone forming the forward end of an airplane, rocket, or missile


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