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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nose cone

  • 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


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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