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[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.
Origin of nozzle
1600-10; earlier nosle; see nose, -le Unabridged
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  • At the nozzle end there is a sharp turn in the piping so that the tip is very nearly at right angles to the main pipes.

  • They hammer this tube into the ground and let some steam pass through the nozzle.

    Diggers in the Earth Eva March Tappan
  • It is this moving interior column of air that controls the flow of gasoline from the nozzle.

    Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
  • He turned on the water and adjusted the nozzle to a good strong flow.

    The Cheerful Smugglers Ellis Parker Butler
  • Each had a rod projecting from one end and a nozzle on the other.

    The Funny Philosophers George Yellott
  • Widen the nozzle of the pipe, and the force is in like manner diminished.

    Lives of the Engineers Samuel Smiles
  • At the top are links by which it is attached to a lowering chain, and windows, protected by grids; also a nozzle for the air-tube.

    How it Works Archibald Williams
  • While Jim ran for a nozzle and hose, there was a great cry from the crowd.

    The Thorogood Family R.M. Ballantyne
  • The nasal end of the bag should be protected with a piece of rubber tubing or be provided with a nozzle.

British Dictionary definitions for nozzle


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
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for nozzle

nothing to sneeze at


Something ofconsequence, like an amount of money: her raise, nothing to sneeze about

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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