aerodynamics

noun
aero·​dy·​nam·​ics | \ ˌer-ō-dī-ˈna-miks How to pronounce aerodynamics (audio) \
plural in form but singular or plural in construction

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

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

Did you know?

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 Having studied aerodynamics at the University of Pisa, Bizzarrini found work as a test-driver for Alfa Romeo. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 20 Sep. 2022 Access to the single seat is granted by a theatrical sliding canopy, while the styling is largely dictated by aerodynamics. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 19 Aug. 2022 The shape is also designed to assist the car’s aerodynamics where possible to help maximize battery range. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 Other students at Beaverton schools are learning about propulsion and aerodynamics through rocket science. oregonlive, 17 July 2022 With kayaks removed, this design sticks out quite a bit from the roof’s surface, possibly affecting aerodynamics and fuel economy. Talon Homer, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2022 The closed grille and nearly flush underbelly significantly improve aerodynamics permitting the EQB 300 4MATIC to boast an impressive .28 Cd. Michael Harley, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 To assess the body aerodynamics of such vehicles, Honda uses the 155-mph-capable five-belt rolling road. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 23 June 2022 The burgeoning Turkish shipbuilder, which began in 2008 as a design studio before opening a boatyard in Antalya two years later, has just unveiled a new concept inspired by the aerodynamics of the world’s fastest cars. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 24 May 2022 See More

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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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“Aerodynamics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aerodynamics. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for aerodynamics

aerodynamics

noun, plural in form 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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