nose cone

noun Rocketry.
the cone-shaped forward section of a rocket or guided missile, including a heat shield and containing the payload.

1945–50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
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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Example sentences
Using the sharpened end of your pencil, twist the top of the body tube into a nose cone.
No sharp objects should be placed on top of the nose cone or elsewhere on the rocket.
Insert the payload and close off the upper end with a standard nose cone.
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