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

Recent Examples on the Web

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 The cylindrical structure flows into a duller, funnel-like cone, which tapers into a tower with rocket nozzles. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Inside the Test Chamber for NASA's Astronaut Vehicle Double," 12 July 2018 The 20-second process involves nozzles spraying and sanitizing every surface of the bathroom, followed by ultraviolet lights that kill 99 percent of all the germs. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "This New Luxury Airline Is Offering Private Jet Travel at a Fraction of the Price," 9 July 2018 The end of the boom—the fuel nozzle—latches into a small hole in the receiving aircraft, and the fuel pumps as the conjoined aircraft fly in harmony. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "B-52 Bombers Could Quadruple Their Wing Bomb Loads," 25 June 2018 Most of the blow-dryers found in hotel rooms don’t allow for attachments (i.e. diffusers, concentrated air nozzles, and combs) that people with naturally curly or textured hair need. Andrea Arterbery, Glamour, "For Women of Color, Hotel Shampoo Isn't Just Meh—It's Literally Unusable," 16 May 2018 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

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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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