One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a tool) having the end rounded, so as to produce a rounded cut or surface or to prevent accidents or damage.
- ‘Start by making a loop with round-nose pliers, bringing ends of wire together to form complete circle.’
- ‘Place your round-nose pliers against the top of your bead dangle at the 1/4-inch mark and bend the wire over to form a right angle.’
- ‘Using the felt-tip pen, mark the round-nose pliers 1/4 inch down from the tip.’
- ‘Using round-nose pliers, unbend the wire handle ends inside the box and feed on large beads with large holes.’
2(of a bullet) having a rounded front end.
- ‘For shooters who like the classic long, lean 160 grain round-nose bullets, the quick twist should be adequate to stabilize them.’
- ‘The 250 gr. lead round-nose fiat point is a virtual standard in cowboy shooting.’
- ‘Black Hills' round-nose lead offering in that weight delivered a 3-inch five-shot group, with the best three in 1% inches.’
- ‘You might have had a choice in the manufacturer, but there was a single weight - 158 g in a round-nose lead bullet - and they were loaded to the same velocity.’
- ‘After asking to see them, the boy opened the dusty box and for the first time in his life held a 7x57 cartridge loaded with a long, impressive 175 grain round-nose soft point.’
- ‘A lot of your customers own military-spec auto pistols in 9mm and .45 ACP that are designed to feed only full metal jacket round-nose ammunition.’
- ‘For most of their production life, both cartridges featured 246-grain round-nose .429 bullets at a nominal 755 fps.’
A bullet with a rounded front end.
- ‘An early Browning or your customer's cherished World War II Walther P-38 that might jam on any other hollowpoint, will feed this stuff if it feeds full-metal jacket round-nose.’
- ‘Countless millions have sat glued to their televisions as Jerry fired six rounds, reloaded with a moon clip of round-nose .45 ACP, and fired six more - all hitting the target.’
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