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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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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The grid fins are positioned near the base of the rocket and are used in combination with the rocket nozzles to steer the booster during landing. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Rocket Misses Landing Pad and Falls into the Ocean," 5 Dec. 2018 The presence of a single engine nozzle indicates Okhotnik went the latter route. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Is Russia’s First Autonomous Strike Drone," 25 Jan. 2019 Attached on board the appliance is the cleaning solution and a brush nozzle to use for extra scrubbing. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Carpet Cleaners to Buy in 2019," 15 Jan. 2019 Unlike its siblings, the F-35B is capable of taking off and landing vertically by rotating its exhaust nozzle ninety degrees down. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan Clears Way for First Aircraft Carriers in 70 Years," 28 Nov. 2018 Point the nozzle away from you and release the locking mechanism. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "No, Water Won't Put Out a Grease Fire, But This Will," 20 Nov. 2018 Use an old toothbrush, or the narrow nozzle attachment on a vacuum cleaner to remove all dust and debris from the joints. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Grout Tile," 11 Feb. 2015 The company sells entire 3D printers (starting at $199) or extrusion kits (starting at $39) that allows the nozzle to be attached to an existing 3D printer. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "New 3D printer takes the mess out of ceramics," 11 Dec. 2018 The external drivetrain, like the jet nozzles, is coated with a three-part saltwater-resistant armor consisting of Alumite, a ceramic coating and epoxy paint. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Testing the Yamaha 210 FSH: The Boat That Blew Up the Formula," 31 Aug. 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 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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