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  1. the part of a frame for eyeglasses that passes over the bridge of the nose.
  2. the part of a microscope to which the objectives are attached.
  3. a piece of armor serving as a protective cover for the nose.
  4. a noseband.
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Origin of nosepiece

First recorded in 1605–15; nose + piece
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Examples from the Web for nosepiece

Historical Examples

  • With a nosepiece on like that, you couldn't tell who a man was.

    The Man Who Hated Mars

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • There seems to be something the matter with my nosepiece which should be clamped shut.

  • It had a pivoted or hinged vizor and nosepiece, and complete chin, neck and cheek protection, closely connected with the gorget.

  • Remove the nosepiece from the microscope tube and fit the 2/3 inch objective in place.

British Dictionary definitions for nosepiece


  1. Also called: nasal a piece of armour, esp part of a helmet, that serves to protect the nose
  2. the connecting part of a pair of spectacles that rests on the nose; bridge
  3. the part of a microscope to which one or more objective lenses are attached
  4. a less common word for noseband
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nosepiece in Medicine


  1. The part of a microscope, often rotatable, to which one or more objective lenses are attached.
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