noz·​zle ˈnä-zəl How to pronounce nozzle (audio)
: a projecting vent of something
: a short tube with a taper or constriction used (as on a hose) to speed up or direct a flow of fluid
: a part in a rocket engine that accelerates the exhaust gases from the combustion chamber to a high velocity
slang : nose

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
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Word History


diminutive of nose

First Known Use

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of nozzle was in 1683

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“Nozzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


noz·​zle ˈnäz-əl How to pronounce nozzle (audio)
: a short tube that narrows in the middle or toward one end and is often used (as on a hose or pipe) to direct or speed up a flow of fluid

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