angle of incidence

angle of incidence
Date: 1626 the angle that a line (as a ray of light) falling on a surface or interface makes with the normal drawn at the point of incidence

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Angle of incidence — is a measure of deviation of something from straight on , for example: in the approach of a ray to a surface, or the angle at which the wing or horizontal tail of an airplane is installed on the fuselage, measured relative to the axis of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Angle of incidence — Incidence In ci*dence, n. [Cf. F. incidence.] [1913 Webster] 1. A falling on or upon; an incident; an event; an occurrence. [Obs.] Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] 2. (Physics) The direction in which a body, or a ray of light or heat, falls on any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Angle of incidence — (A[ e]ronautics) The angle between the chord of an a[ e]rocurve and the relative direction of the undisturbed air current. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • angle of incidence — n the angle that a line (as a ray of light) falling on a surface or interface makes with the normal drawn at the point of incidence * * * the angle made with the perpendicular by a ray of light which strikes a denser or a rarer medium; see… …   Medical dictionary

  • angle of incidence — n. 1. the angle that a light ray or electromagnetic wave striking a surface makes with a line perpendicular to the reflecting surface 2. Chiefly Brit. ANGLE OF ATTACK 3. Aeron. a permanent angle between the chord of an airfoil and the… …   English World dictionary

  • angle of incidence — i. The acute angle formed between the chord line of an airfoil and the longitudinal axis of the aircraft on which it is mounted. This is the angle at which the airfoil is attached to an aircraft fuselage when the aircraft is in rigging position.… …   Aviation dictionary

  • angle of incidence —    The angle of incidence as used here conforms to that used in optics to describe reflection and refraction of light rays. The angle is measured with respect to the normal to the surface, rather than to the surface itself. The normal is an… …   Forensic science glossary

  • Angle of Incidence —   In reference to solar energy systems, the angle at which direct sunlight strikes a surface; the angle between the direction of the sun and the perpindicular to the surface. Sunlight with an incident angle of 90 degrees tends to be absorbed,… …   Energy terms

  • angle of incidence — noun 1. the angle that a line, ray of light, etc., meeting a surface, makes with the perpendicular to that surface at the point of meeting. 2. Aeronautics the angle between the chord line of an aerofoil and the longitudinal axis of the fuselage.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • angle of incidence —    When light (incident light that from a source of light) strikes an object s surface it forms an angle with an imaginary line known as the normal, which is perpendicular to the surface. The angle created between the incident ray and the normal… …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • angle of incidence — noun the angle that a line makes with a line perpendicular to the surface at the point of incidence • Syn: ↑incidence angle • Hypernyms: ↑angle • Hyponyms: ↑angle of attack, ↑critical angle …   Useful english dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”