noz·zle | \ ˈnä-zəl \

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

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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French magician Antoine Terrieux arranged several hair dryers in a circle, their nozzles carefully slanted upwards, to send a paper airplane around in (nearly) perpetual circles. Rachel Z. Arndt, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Bunch of Hair Dryers Create Gravity-Defying Works of Art," 21 June 2015 Use the attachments and nozzles to thoroughly vacuum the corners and edges of your mattress to get every little spot. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean a Mattress," 15 Feb. 2017 Some exceptions Hand watering with a spray nozzle that has an automatic shutoff valve is always allowed. Mark Skoneki,, "Why do Central Floridians water their lawns during rain storms? Let nature keep the grass green," 6 July 2018 The Speed Valve opening allows for inflation up to three times faster than with traditional nozzles. The Editors, Outside Online, "Killer Deals on Camping Gear at," 12 June 2018 Below that sits an alumina-zircon-silica nozzle, which can programmed to make the same intricate moves in X-, Y-, and Z-space familiar to anyone who has seen a 3D printer in action. Jake Swearingen, Popular Mechanics, "MIT Creates a 3D Printer for Glass," 21 Aug. 2015 This will clog up your nozzles, so remove them before doing this job. Sally Mccabe,, "July 13-19: In the garden, it's time to…," 13 July 2018 The Studio system uses a nozzle to extrude metal powders mixed with a polymer binder to form a three-dimensional object. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "3D Printing Is the Future of Factories (for Real This Time)," 11 July 2018 Then, a van at a pump on the other side of the blue Lamborghini is seen driving away with a gas nozzle still attached. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Gas pump ripped out by van sprays Lamborghini, which bursts into flames," 10 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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