- a projecting spout, terminal discharging pipe, or the like, as of a hose or bellows.
- Slang. the nose.
- the spout of a teapot.
- the socket of a candlestick.
Origin of nozzle
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Examples from the Web for nozzle
Brendan manned the nozzle and began directing water onto what otherwise would have been the next house to burn.Heroism in the Rockaways After Hurricane Sandy
November 6, 2012
Widen the nozzle of the pipe, and the jet is in like manner diminished.
Again he took a step towards me, but again the nozzle of my pistol drove him back.The Suitors of Yvonne
Dane got the nozzle to just outside the door of the room where Naomi lay captive.When the Sleepers Woke
Arthur Leo Zagat
He dropped the nozzle from his nerveless hands—and such hands, too!Notes on Life and Letters
She whinnied, then her nozzle sought his arm and rubbed along it to his shoulder.The Spoilers of the Valley
- a projecting pipe or spout from which fluid is discharged
- 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
- a socket, such as the part of a candlestick that holds the candle
C17 nosle, nosel, diminutive of nose
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Word Origin and History for nozzle
mid-15c., noselle "socket on a candlestick," diminutive of nose (see nose (n.)). Meaning "small spout" first recorded 1680s.
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