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

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 And major improvements in aerodynamics is going to reduce the need for the size of the battery. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 2 June 2022 The LMDh regulations cap the cars' downforce:drag ratio, so designers don't have to spend as much time worrying about aerodynamics and can use more road car styling cues. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 27 Jan. 2022 Spec elements include the chassis, battery, electric motor and gearbox, while each team is free to develop its own internal combustion engine and aerodynamics. Laura Burstein, Robb Report, 29 June 2022 Drawing from motorsports, the STO pushes the envelope in terms of aerodynamics. Michael Harley, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 With no engine under the hood, Volvo was able to slide the A-pillars forward and lower the hood, which is said to improve aerodynamics and thus range. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 30 June 2021 Barone was riding a special downhill mountain bike with a fairing to improve aerodynamics. The Editors, Outside Online, 3 Apr. 2015 The thinking was that a closed car would better protect drivers from wind and weather at high speeds, while the closed roof would also improve aerodynamics. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 19 May 2022 Because obedience to aerodynamics forbids anything like the grandiose form factor of the GLS-class, the EQS SUV looks more like a svelte but stout wagon. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 19 Apr. 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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