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nose cone

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noun Rocketry.
  1. the cone-shaped forward section of a rocket or guided missile, including a heat shield and containing the payload.
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Origin of nose cone

First recorded in 1945–50
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  • He kept right on going until his head banged painfully on the bottom of the nose-cone radar unit.

    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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