airfoil
noun Date: circa 1922 a body (as an airplane wing or propeller blade) designed to provide a desired reaction force when in motion relative to the surrounding air

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • airfoil — air foil n. 1. 1 a surface such as the wing of an airplane designed to provide reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air. Syn: aerofoil [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • airfoil — (n.) 1922, U.S. form of AEROFOIL (Cf. aerofoil) …   Etymology dictionary

  • airfoil — ☆ airfoil [er′foil΄ ] n. 1. a part with a flat or curved surface, as a wing, rudder, etc., specifically designed to keep an aircraft up or control its movements by reacting to the air through which it moves 2. a similar winglike surface designed… …   English World dictionary

  • Airfoil — An airfoil (in American English) or aerofoil (in British English) is the shape of a wing or blade (of a propeller, rotor or turbine) or sail as seen in cross section. An airfoil shaped body moved through a fluid produces a force perpendicular to… …   Wikipedia

  • airfoil — aeroplane aer *o*plane aeroplane a [ e]r*o*plane , n. [a[ e]ro + plane.] (A[ e]ronautics) 1. A light rigid plane used in a[ e]rial navigation to oppose sudden upward or downward movement in the air, as in gliding machines; specif., such a plane… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • airfoil — /air foyl /, n. Aeron. any surface, as a wing, aileron, or stabilizer, designed to aid in lifting or controlling an aircraft by making use of the air currents through which it moves. [1920 25; AIR1 + FOIL2] * * * Shaped surface, such as an… …   Universalium

  • airfoil — noun a) A structure shaped to produce lift when moving in air. b) A wing of an aircraft. Syn: foil, wing …   Wiktionary

  • airfoil — n. surface (as in a wing, propeller, etc.) designed to aid in lifting and controlling an aircraft by means of air currents (Aeronautics) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • airfoil — noun North American term for aerofoil …   English new terms dictionary

  • airfoil — air•foil [[t]ˈɛərˌfɔɪl[/t]] n. aer. any surface, as a wing or stabilizer, designed to aid in lifting or controlling an aircraft by making use of the air currents through which it moves • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

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