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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for nozzle


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 Shortly afterward, the woman and her sister noticed two water spigot nozzles and a large nut from a tree on the stairwell. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Berea woman blocks upstairs neighbor from moving out, then gives musical sendoff," 24 Oct. 2019 As a bonus, the dryer comes with a variety of attachments, including a diffuser (which is ideal for those with naturally curly hair who want to dry their curls without adding frizz) and two flat nozzles ideal for blow-drying hair straight. NBC News, "Get a professional-grade blow dryer for a steep discount," 19 Aug. 2019 This new bottle of Dawn spray with a nozzle costs about two dollars more than the regular version of Dawn liquid soap. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Dawn says you're washing your dishes wrong," 17 Dec. 2019 Launcher E-2 - Thrust: 22k lbf, Propellant: LOX/RP-1, Oxidizer-rich staged combustion, Specific Impulse: 365s with vacuum nozzle, 98% Combustion efficiency (c*), LOX cooled, Copper Alloy, 3D printed. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "You Can Make a Rocket Engine's Entire Combustion Chamber in One 3D Print," 18 Nov. 2019 At a second Houston restaurant, inspectors observed black residue under and around soda dispenser nozzles, the records show. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Live roaches, black residue under soda nozzle among Houston restaurant violations (Oct. 21-27)," 28 Oct. 2019 Bigger nozzles, better production Of course, ancient Edomite smelters were probably constantly looking for ways to get more copper out of their ore. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient slag offers insight into the uneven pace of technological advances," 20 Sep. 2019 Rocket Lab is also a pioneer of the 3D printing of rocket parts, such as the nozzles, valves, pumps and main combustion chamber of the motor. The Economist, "America seeks faster ways to launch military satellites," 5 Dec. 2019 Weirdly, the words are interspersed with silhouettes of gasoline nozzles. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1360: The lyin’ about winter — a fictoid contest," 27 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nozzle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of nozzle

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for nozzle

diminutive of nose

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nozzle

Time Traveler for nozzle

Time Traveler

The first known use of nozzle was in 1683

See more words from the same year

Statistics for nozzle

Last Updated

25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Nozzle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for nozzle


How to pronounce nozzle (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on nozzle

What made you want to look up nozzle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


showing steady, earnest care and effort

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!