solar sail


solar sail

noun

Definition of SOLAR SAIL

:  a propulsive device for a spacecraft that consists of a flat material (as aluminized plastic) designed to receive thrust from solar radiation pressure

First Known Use of SOLAR SAIL

1958

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: solar salt
Previous Word in the Dictionary: solars
All Words Near: solar sail

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up solar sail? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).