[ noz-uh l ]
/ ˈnɒz əl /


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.


Nearby words

  1. noyau,
  2. noyes,
  3. noyes, alfred,
  4. noyes, john humphrey,
  5. noyon,
  6. np,
  7. npa,
  8. npc,
  9. npd,
  10. npk

Origin of nozzle

1600–10; earlier nosle; see nose, -le Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nozzle


/ (ˈnɒzəl) /


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

Word Origin for nozzle

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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