noz·​zle | \ ˈnä-zəl How to pronounce nozzle (audio) \

Definition of nozzle

1a : a projecting vent of something
b : a short tube with a taper or constriction used (as on a hose) to speed up or direct a flow of fluid
c : a part in a rocket engine that accelerates the exhaust gases from the combustion chamber to a high velocity
2 slang : nose

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Examples of nozzle in a Sentence

in this classic film noir, a private eye gets his nozzle sliced when he starts poking it into places where it's not welcome
Recent Examples on the Web Roughly the same amount of thrust is created by blasting hot gases from the engine downward, through a 3-bearing nozzle, the system's second part. Jim Wilson, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Strike Fighter: PM Meets the F-35," 25 Jan. 2021 The short nozzle, in fact, makes this dryer nice for travel. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best hair dryers of 2021," 20 Jan. 2021 With a 360-degree mist nozzle and three mist settings, this ultrasonic humidifier gives 70 hours of cool mist from a 1.5-gallon water tank. Lauren Levy, NBC News, "Black Friday deals 2020: Best humidifier deals to shop," 25 Nov. 2020 The hose comes with a spray nozzle with eight patterns, which is a nice bonus. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Garden Hoses for More Than Just Your Garden," 26 June 2020 The ice balls don't drop out of the dispenser nozzle. Gear Team, Wired, "CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future," 14 Jan. 2021 Besides acting as a protective barrier and safeguarding the integrity of your hair, the concentrator nozzle is the real key to achieving salon-level results. Wendy Sy, Allure, "The 23 Best Hair-Dryers That Make At-Home Blowouts Fast and Easy," 24 Dec. 2020 Likewise, to clean the frothing wand, unscrew it from the machine and wash it with warm water, and remove the nozzle by pulling it downward. Landon Groves,, "De’Longhi Stilosa review: Is this affordable espresso machine easy-to-use for beginners?," 6 Nov. 2020 To begin with, the hydrogen itself was brought to a very low temperature by passing it through an extremely cold metal nozzle on its way into the vacuum container where the measurements were made. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Physics is somewhat less broken, but still not quite right," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of nozzle

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for nozzle

diminutive of nose

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Last Updated

28 Feb 2021

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“Nozzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nozzle

: a short tube that is put on the end of a hose or pipe to control the way a liquid or gas flows out


noz·​zle | \ ˈnä-zəl How to pronounce nozzle (audio) \

Kids Definition of nozzle

: a short tube often used on the end of a hose or pipe to direct or speed up a flow of fluid

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