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Definition of the noun airfoil

What does airfoil mean as a name of something?

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.

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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 previewOptimization of the Aerodynamics of Small-scale Flapping Aircraft in Hover (2008)

3, the best airfoil is the NACA 0001, similarly in Figure III.4 it is the NACA 2401. It can also be observed that the best performing airfoils are the one with the smallest thickness and should be the one used. To use ...

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 (2012)

by Merle C. Potter, David C. Wiggert, Bassem H. 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 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 previewAerospace Engineering: From the Ground Up (2011)

by Ben Senson, Jasen Ritter

An airfoil is a shape designed to transform motion through a fluid into a force. the ratio between the average chord of the wing and. Point Editorial review has deemed that any suppressed content does not materially affect the overall learning ...

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 previewAircraft propeller design (1930)

by Fred Ernest Weick

An airfoil is a body so shaped that the cross-force, called the ...

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 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 previewEncyclopedia of Optimization (2008)

by Christodoulos A. Floudas, Panos M. Pardalos

Design Optimization in Computational Fluid Dynamics, Figure 8 Optimized surface pressure distribution transonic airfoil. The design objective was to maximize the lift coeflicient CL at Mach 0.75 ...

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 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 ...

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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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