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

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Synonyms for nozzle


beak, conk [chiefly British slang], honker [slang], neb, nose, proboscis, schnoz (or schnozz) [slang], schnozzle [slang], smeller, snoot, snout

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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

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Modern thrust vectoring technology employs a movable thrust nozzle in place of the paddles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's New Upgrade Makes Its Fighter Jets Wildly Maneuverable," 7 Nov. 2018 A few yards behind him was the working end of a massive Falcon 9 rocket, laid out horizontally with the nozzles of its nine engines facing the media. Anne Steele, WSJ, "SpaceX’s First Moon Tourist Is a Japanese Billionaire," 18 Sep. 2018 The matte black Barsys holds five bottles of liquor, which fit into nozzles on the top of the appliance. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "Robots Are Ready to Shake (and Stir) Up Bars," 19 July 2018 Harrison, who is still focused on cloud brightening a year later, would want sea water to be pumped through a filter and sprayed out of small nozzles, creating tiny water droplets. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "'Cloud Brightening' Might Save the Great Barrier Reef," 16 July 2018 Modified or not, put the entire flower into the nozzle and turn the machine on. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "If you have plants outside, you have aphids. Here’s what to do about it.," 5 July 2018 Instead of the motor being encased on top right near the nozzle, which contributes to the top-heaviness of traditional dryers, Dyson put a small motor in the handle. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Dyson’s new $500 golden hair dryer, explained," 29 Aug. 2018 The tube has an airless nozzle which has been engineered to keep oxygen from oxidizing the shade and also from leaking. Sable Yong, Allure, "Milk Makeup Is Expanding Its Blur Matte Foundation and Flex Concealer Shades," 23 July 2018 Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, or CSIRO, has spent a decade developing a supersonic nozzle to make magnesium metal with 70% fewer carbon-dioxide-equivalent emissions. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Miners Test Greener Ways to Dig," 16 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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