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Definition of the noun aerofoil

What does aerofoil mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: aerofoils

  1. a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of aerofoil: airfoil / control surface / surface
    • more generic word: device = an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
    • more specific terms:
      • aileron = an airfoil that controls lateral motion
      • elevator = the airfoil on the tailplane of an aircraft that makes it ascend or descend
      • flaps / flap = a movable airfoil that is part of an aircraft wing
      • horizontal stabiliser / horizontal stabilizer / tailplane = the horizontal airfoil of an aircraft's tail assembly that is fixed and to which the elevator is hinged
      • rotary wing / rotor blade = the long airfoil that rotates to provide the lift that supports a helicopter in the air
      • rudder = a hinged vertical airfoil mounted at the tail of an aircraft and used to make horizontal course changes
      • spoiler = a hinged airfoil on the upper surface of an aircraft wing that is raised to reduce lift and increase drag
      • spoiler = an airfoil mounted on the rear of a car to reduce lift at high speeds
      • stabilizer = airfoil consisting of a device for stabilizing an aircraft
      • vertical tail = the vertical airfoil in the tail assembly of an aircraft
      • wing = one of the horizontal airfoils on either side of the fuselage of an airplane
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Alternative definition of the noun aerofoil


  1. A structure shaped to produce lift when moving in air.
  2. A wing of an aircraft.

Specialised definition of the noun aerofoil

Glossary of sports

a part of an aircraft's or other vehicle's surface that acts on the air to provide lift or control (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for aerofoil

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Google previewEngineering Optimization 2014 (2014)

by Hélder Rodrigues, José Herskovits, Christóvão Mota Soares, José Miranda Guedes, Aurelio Araujo, João Folgado, Filipa Moleiro, José Aguilar Madeira

NACA 0012 The NACA 0012 aerofoil is a widely studied symmetrical aerofoil. As the geometry is simple...

Google previewHelicopter Principles Of Flight (2015)

by Phil Croucher

THE AEROFOIL An aerofoil is a device that creates a lift reaction out of the air. To understand how it does this, we must understand how static pressure works. The weight of the air inside a column that is 1 foot square at sea level is 2116.16 lbs ...

Google previewPrivate Helicopter Pilot Studies JAA BW (2013)

by Phil Croucher

An aerofoil is a device that can create a lift reaction out of the air. To understand how it does this, we must understand how static pressure works. The weight of the air in a column that is 1 foot square at sea level is 2116.16 lbs (on a standard ...

Google previewFluid Dynamics (2003)

by M.D.Raisinghania

The aerofoil is a cylinder whose cross-section is a curve of fish type. (iii) The flow is two-dimensional irrotational cyclic motion. These assumptions are simply approximations to the real position of flow. The profiles obtained by application of ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Aerodynamics (2015)

by Frank Hitchens

Aerofoil The British favour the term aerofoil as opposed to the American term airfoil . Both terms have the same meaning when referring to wing-shaped objects such as control surfaces, wings or turbine blades, etc . See Airfoils. Aerofoil section ...

Google previewDictionary of Automotive Engineering (2013)

by Don Goodsell

Horizontal transverse aerofoil, usually with facilities for control or adjustment of angle of incidence, and usually for directing air flow over a vehicle rather than for generating lift. (2) Controllable rear part of ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of Sports Science and Medicine (2006)

by Michael Kent

A typical aerofoil is the wing of an aeroplane, but projectiles such as javelins also share this property. aerosol administration 1 The application of a coolant spray from a pressurized can to treat soft tissue injuries. The spray contains volatile ...

Google previewThe South African Dictionary of Sport (2003)

by Joel Alswang

a half loop aircraft enters a loop and, at the top of the loop, is half-rolled to straight and level rudder vertical aerofoil pivoted from the tailplane of an aircraft for controlling its movement around its normal axis scoring each sequence separately, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Agricultural, Food, and Biological Engineering (Print) (2003)

by Dennis R. Heldman

Adjustable aerofoil Adjustable longitudinal Gilted heater Reversible vanes aerofoil vanes batteries fan Fig. 2 Diagram of a recirculated humid air thawer for frozen fish blocks. Office, UK.] Fig. 3 Apples are inspected at the sorting table ...

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Scrabble value of A1E1R1O1F4O1I1L1

The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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