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.

1600–10; earlier nosle; see nose, -le Unabridged
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nozzle (ˈnɒzəl)
1.  a projecting pipe or spout from which fluid is discharged
2.  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
3.  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 & History

mid-15c., noselle "socket on a candlestick," dim. of nose (see nose). Meaning "small spout" first recorded 1683.
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Example sentences
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.
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