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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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Examples from the web for nozzle
  • There he was, repeatedly coming up out of the depths to catch the thrashing hose in his mouth near its nozzle.
  • Combined with the small hole acting as a nozzle, this could easily account for the flames leaping above her head.
  • Unusual even for the author was to observe the motion of the apparatus which has no screws, jet nozzle and drive for the wheels.
  • She intends this to be something of a bombshell: the smoking gun in the form of a spray nozzle, as it were.
  • Trial and error is great for creating a nozzle, but many things are far too complex for that to work.
  • The adjacent hall bath has a tub with a hand-held shower nozzle.
  • Mean flow rate for each nozzle and pressure combination.
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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