aerodynamics

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noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction aero·dy·nam·ics \ˌer-ō-dī-ˈna-miks\

Definition of aerodynamics

  1. 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. 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>

aerodynamic

play \ˌer-ō-dī-ˈna-mik\ or less commonly

aerodynamical

play \ˌer-ō-dī-ˈna-mi-kəl\ adjective

aerodynamically

play \ˌer-ō-dī-ˈna-mi-k(ə-)lē\ 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.

Circa 1829

First Known Use of aerodynamics

circa 1829


Medical Dictionary

aerodynamics

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noun plural but singular or plural in construction aero·dy·nam·ics \-dī-ˈnam-iks\

Medical 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

aerodynamic

\-ik\play also

aerodynamical

\-i-kəl\play adjective

aerodynamically

\-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb

aerodynamicist

\-ˈnam-ə-səst\play noun


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