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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.
First Known Use of aerodynamics
AERODYNAMICS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of aerodynamics for English Language Learners
: a science that studies the movement of air and the way that objects (such as airplanes or cars) move through air
: the qualities of an object that affect how easily it is able to move through the air
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
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