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nose cone

noun, Rocketry.
1.
the cone-shaped forward section of a rocket or guided missile, including a heat shield and containing the payload.
Origin of nose cone
1945-1950
1945-50
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  • In ten seconds the nose cone turned from cherry-red to white heat and began sloughing its outer ceramic coating.

    Make Mine Homogenized Rick Raphael
  • Cobb took a tiny screwdriver and removed two screws from a metal plate in the bottom of the nose cone.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
  • To a radar set on the ground near the target, each fragment was indistinguishable from the nose cone carrying the warhead.

    Pushbutton War Joseph P. Martino
  • There was no doubt he had uncovered the nose cone of the missile which had re-entered the earth's atmosphere tailfirst!

  • Now Tom feared that the explosion might have reburied the nose cone.

  • As they mounted the crane again Rick looked up at the festooned cables that terminated in the nose cone.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for nose cone

nose cone

noun
1.
the conical forward section of a missile, spacecraft, etc, designed to withstand high temperatures, esp during re-entry into the earth's atmosphere
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