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Definition of the noun airfoil

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noun - plural: airfoils

  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 airfoil: aerofoil / 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 airfoil


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

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Airfoil

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Google previewRCadvisor's Model Airplane Design Made Easy (2009)

The Simple Guide to Designing R/C Model Aircraft Or Build Your Own Radio Control Flying Model Plane by Carlos Reyes

e KFm airfoil is the best li producer of the bun . It is a good oice when the model is heavy. e KFm airfoil is an obviously good oice for an aerobaticmodel. Itisthe fastestof the four withvery fastsnap rollswhile still providing lots of ...

Google previewBasic Developments in Fluid Dynamics (2012)

by Maurice Holt

behind an oscillating airfoil is a free surface), the time appears only as a parameter. The kinematics of such an unsteady motion can therefore be treated as a quasi-steady flow. Only when the pressure is calculated [from Bernoulli's equation ...

Google previewMechanics of Fluids SI Version (2011)

by Merle Potter, David Wiggert, Bassem Ramadan

An airfoil is a streamlined body designed to reduce the adverse pressure gradient so that separation will not occur, usually with a small angle of attack, as shown in Fig. 8.12. Without separation the drag is due primarily to the wall shear stress, ...

Google previewAerospace Engineering: From the Ground Up (2011)

by Ben Senson, Jasen Ritter

AIR FOIL SECTIONS An airfoil is a shape designed to transform motion through a fluid into a force. Terminology To understand airfoil design, we need to have a common vocabulary that describes the features of the shape. This terminology ...

Google previewUnmanned Aviation Systems (2015)

The Definitive Guide by Michael Leasure, Michael S. Nolan

An airfoil is any surface designed to convert forward motion through the air into a force that operates in a certain direction. Any part of the aircraft that converts airflow resistance into a force (pressure) is an airfoil. A conventional wing is an ...

Google previewTheoretical and Computational Aerodynamics (2014)

by Tapan K. Sengupta

Since AG24 airfoil is a low-cambered airfoil, it can directly be inferred that the corresponding values of Cl are also higher for these α's. In a similar way, it can be noted that there is a greater negative Cl for higher negative values of α.

Google previewProgress In Astronautics and Aeronautics (1990)

Commercial Opportunities In Space by F. Shahrokhi

The airfoil is a 10% double-wedge design with a 1-in (2.5 - cm) radius leading edge.

Google previewLearning to Fly Helicopters, Second Edition (2013)

by R. Padfield

An airfoil is any surface designed to produce lift or thrust when air passes over it; therefore, airplane propeller blades and helicopter rotor blades are also airfoils. In theory, almost anything can produce lift if it moves through the air fast enough, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Optimization (2001)

applied a response surface method to the optimal design of a two- dimensional transonic airfoil. The design objective was to maximize the lift coefficient Cj, at Mach 0.75 and zero degrees angle of attack, while satisfying the constraints that ...

Google previewDictionary of Physics (2014)

by Michael Chapple

Pressure gage Fast air Lift indicating air speed (_ Airfoil Low pressure Slow air High pressure Air flow The pressure gage in the first diagram records the higher pressure in the duct compared with the pipe; the air is moving faster within the pipe ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Materials, Parts and Finishes, Second Edition (2002)

by Mel Schwartz

Directional Solidification A technique adaptable to investment casting is that of directional solidification, which is particularly suitable to the complex shapes of airfoil parts used in gas turbines. It has been found that by commencing the freezing ...

Google previewAlternative Energy and Shale Gas Encyclopedia (2016)

by Jay H. Lehr, Jack Keeley

For example, experimental data of droplet flow impingement on a wind turbine airfoil was shown to collapse consistently onto a single normalized correlation of Nu/Pr1/3 at varying Prandtl numbers [29]. Furthermore, the functional form of the ...

Google previewUltimate Visual Dictionary (2017)

by DK

Cab front window Electric equipment compartment Cab door Side vent Cab window Fiberglassreinforced plastic cover Airfoil wheel guard FRONT VIEW Rear light (red) Headlight (white) Fiberglass reinforced plastic cover Airfoil wheel guard ...

Google previewNew Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary (1996)

by Edy G. Schaffer


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Airfoil Meaning

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The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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