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 This hose has the most nozzle functions of the ones on this list, with 10 to choose from. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 14 Apr. 2022 For our hard floor straight-line pickup tests, large and small debris is deposited onto a marked area of the floor (based on the width of the opening of the robot vacuum’s nozzle). Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 8 June 2022 These floaties are easy to blow up, too, thanks to the single-nozzle design. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 1 June 2022 Its best features include an ergonomic spray-nozzle design, a pleasant citrus scent, and a dual-action trigger (offering a wide-angle spray for large areas or a precise stream for spot cleaning). Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, 8 Mar. 2022 The AquaOasis has over 38,000 4.5-star ratings on Amazon, thanks to its quiet noise level, 360-degree rotating nozzle for precise vapor flow, automatic shut-off, and no need for a filter. Malia Griggs, SELF, 14 Jan. 2022 Do not get too close to the surface with the nozzle. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 May 2022 Our photographer noted that this bottle also had the strongest and widest spray nozzle. Charles Dryer, Car and Driver, 17 Mar. 2022 Then hit the trigger button and jets of steam will burst from the nozzle. Amy Schulman,, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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28 Jun 2022

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“Nozzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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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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