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nose cone

noun, Rocketry.
the cone-shaped forward section of a rocket or guided missile, including a heat shield and containing the payload.
Origin of nose cone
First recorded in 1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Now Tom feared that the explosion might have reburied the nose cone.

  • 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
  • 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!

  • 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
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for nose cone

nose cone

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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