aero·​dy·​nam·​ics | \ ˌer-ō-dī-ˈna-miks How to pronounce aerodynamics (audio) \

Definition of aerodynamics

1 : a branch of dynamics that deals with the motion of air and other gaseous fluids and with the forces acting on bodies in motion relative to such fluids
2 : the qualities of an object that affect how easily it is able to move through the air The aerodynamics … turned out to be better than his engineers promised. The 777 was so slippery that its cruise speed was upped from .83 Mach to .84 …— Clive Irving

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Other Words from aerodynamics

aerodynamic \ ˌer-​ō-​dī-​ˈna-​mik How to pronounce aerodynamics (audio) \ or less commonly aerodynamical \ ˌer-​ō-​dī-​ˈna-​mi-​kəl How to pronounce aerodynamics (audio) \ adjective
aerodynamically \ ˌer-​ō-​dī-​ˈna-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce aerodynamics (audio) \ adverb

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Aerodynamics began as a science around the time of the Wright brothers' first manned flights. Since then, it's become important to the building not only of aircraft and automobiles but also of rockets and missiles, trains, ships, and even such structures as bridges and tall buildings, which often have to withstand strong winds. An aerodynamic vehicle is one whose design helps it achieve the greatest speed and most efficient use of fuel. But although we might casually call any sleek car design aerodynamic, true aerodynamics is practiced not by artistic product designers but instead by highly trained scientists, and many people's lives depend on their work.

Examples of aerodynamics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Topics include structural engineering, robotics, coding, aerodynamics, 3D printing and design, videography, alternative energy and corrosion chemistry. Anchorage Daily News, "2021 Summer Camps: Online/At-home," 21 Apr. 2021 The big news is the front suspension, that, like the aerodynamics, is adapted from the Le Mans–winning 911 RSR. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "First Drive: The New 502 HP 911 GT3 Is a High-Revving, Naturally Aspirated Gift to Porsche Purists," 20 Apr. 2021 Engineers often focus on aerodynamics for electric vehicles to boost their battery range by reducing drag. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Mercedes-Benz reveals its first electric car: meet the Mercedes-Benz EQS," 16 Apr. 2021 Phytium microprocessors have been used for the supercomputer at China’s largest aerodynamics research complex, which is conducting hypersonics weapons research. Washington Post, "Biden administration slaps export controls on Chinese firms for aiding PLA weapons development," 8 Apr. 2021 Jones, who won the Indy 500 in ’63, was inspired by the lightweight speedsters of the Indy series and decided to improve upon Big Oly’s aerodynamics and racing prowess. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "This Legendary ’69 Ford Bronco Won the Baja 1000 Twice. Now It’s up for Auction.," 22 Mar. 2021 This is why aerodynamics became so important, not only in the car’s silhouette but also with the functional pieces on the lower half of the car. Nargess Banks, Forbes, "The Design Story Behind The Exotic Maserati MC20," 19 Mar. 2021 Common projectile weights range from 140 up to 160 grains, with longer, heavier bullets becoming more popular for their long-range aerodynamics. Outdoor Life, "5 of the Best Cartridges for Hunting Western Big Game," 28 Aug. 2020 For the new study, published January 15 in Nature, Portugal and his colleagues wanted to put the aerodynamics hypothesis to the test. Chelsea Wald, Scientific American, "Migrating Birds Use Precise Flight Formations to Maximize Energy Efficiency," 16 Jan. 2014

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First Known Use of aerodynamics

circa 1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aerodynamics

aero- + dynamics entry 1 (on the model of hydrodynamics)

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The first known use of aerodynamics was circa 1829

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“Aerodynamics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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noun plural but singular or plural in construction
aero·​dy·​nam·​ics | \ -dī-ˈnam-iks How to pronounce aerodynamics (audio) \

Medical Definition of aerodynamics

: a branch of dynamics that deals with the motion of air and other gaseous fluids and with the forces acting on bodies in motion relative to such fluids

Other Words from aerodynamics

aerodynamic \ -​ik How to pronounce aerodynamics (audio) \ also aerodynamical \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce aerodynamics (audio) \ adjective
aerodynamically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce aerodynamics (audio) \ adverb
aerodynamicist \ -​ˈnam-​ə-​səst How to pronounce aerodynamics (audio) \ noun

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