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nozzle

Line breaks: noz¦zle
Pronunciation: /ˈnɒz(ə)l
 
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Definition of nozzle in English:

noun

A cylindrical or round spout at the end of a pipe, hose, or tube used to control a jet of gas or liquid: he twisted the nozzle of the shower head [with modifier]: petrol pump nozzles
More example sentences
  • Design for winter operation must include self-draining pipes and winter nozzles if sprinkler irrigation is used.
  • Its accessories include the necessary hoses, wands, nozzles, hydrant adapters and an injector.
  • Major oil companies have recently agreed to standardise the colour of their nozzles and hoses for unleaded and diesel pumps to reduce customer confusion.

Origin

early 17th century: from nose + -le2.

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  • nose from (Old English):

    The Latin root of nose is nasus, which is the source of our word nasal (Middle English), and is also related to ness (Old English), meaning a headland or promontory. A nostril (Old English) is literally a ‘nose hole’. In Old English the word was spelled nosterl or nosthyrl, and came from nosu ‘nose’ and thyrl ‘hole’. Nozzle was originally an early 17th slang form of ‘nose’. To cut off your nose to spite your face was proverbial in both medieval Latin and French, and has been found in English since the mid 16th century. Since the 1780s a nose has been a spy or police informer. The idea of such a person being a ‘nose’, or ‘sticking their nose in’, is also found in words such as nark and snout, and in nosy. The first nosy parker appeared in a postcard caption from 1907, ‘The Adventures of Nosey Parker’, which referred to a peeping Tom in Hyde Park. Nosy itself goes back to 1620, in the sense ‘having a big nose’, and to at least the 1820s in the sense ‘inquisitive’. The common surname Parker was originally a name for the caretaker of a park or large enclosure of land.

Words that rhyme with nozzle

shemozzle

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