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 1-foot cubes, with bumpers on the corners, have electric motors that suck in air and expel it through directional nozzles with enough force to propel them in microgravity. Peter Fimrite,, "Planned trips to moon could usher in space-based commerce," 8 June 2019 To top it all off, the product is bottled in a sleek aqua bottle with a golden nozzle. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "Tatcha’s New Satin Skin Mist Is a Gamechanger For Oily Complexions," 21 May 2019 Jay Cox, 63, a sales representative at Spraying Systems—a manufacturer of spray nozzles—from Brookfield, Wis., on his 1953 Chevrolet 3100 pickup, as told to A.J. Baime. A.j. Baime, WSJ, "The Mystery Behind a 1953 Chevrolet Pickup’s Name—‘Clarence’," 2 Apr. 2019 But every printer comes with its own peculiarities, often reflected by its filament type and nozzle size. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researcher Discovers Way to Trace 3D-Printed Guns—With a Few Caveats," 15 Oct. 2018 Use the nozzle attachments to go over the top, sides, and box spring, sucking dust and gunk out of the crevices and welting. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Test Your Housekeeping Knowledge: How Gross Are Your Cleaning Habits?," 10 July 2018 For vacuums with a removable hose, take the hose outside and flush it with a garden hose and nozzle or treat it with insecticide. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Once and For All," 6 Nov. 2018 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

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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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to take the place or position of

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