windage

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wind·age

noun \ˈwin-dij\

Definition of WINDAGE

1
a :  the space between the projectile of a smoothbore gun and the surface of the bore
b :  the difference between the diameter of the bore of a muzzle-loading rifled cannon and that of the projectile cylinder
2
a :  the amount of sight deflection necessary to compensate for wind displacement in aiming a gun
b (1) :  the influence of the wind in deflecting the course of a projectile
(2) :  the amount of deflection due to the wind
3
:  the surface exposed (as by a ship) to the wind

Origin of WINDAGE

1wind
First Known Use: circa 1710

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