nozzle

[noz-uh l]
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noun
  1. a projecting spout, terminal discharging pipe, or the like, as of a hose or bellows.
  2. Slang. the nose.
  3. the spout of a teapot.
  4. the socket of a candlestick.

Origin of nozzle

1600–10; earlier nosle; see nose, -le
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Related Words for nozzle

faucet, spigot, tap, cock

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British Dictionary definitions for nozzle

nozzle

noun
  1. a projecting pipe or spout from which fluid is discharged
  2. Also called: propelling nozzle a pipe or duct, esp in a jet engine or rocket, that directs the effluent and accelerates or diffuses the flow to generate thrust
  3. a socket, such as the part of a candlestick that holds the candle

Word Origin for nozzle

C17 nosle, nosel, diminutive of nose
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Word Origin and History for nozzle
n.

mid-15c., noselle "socket on a candlestick," diminutive of nose (see nose (n.)). Meaning "small spout" first recorded 1680s.

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