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 Getting the aerodynamics right could also open up the possibility of using modern, lightweight composite materials to enable better thrust-to-weight ratios -- perhaps eliminating the need for afterburners at take-off. CNN, 10 June 2021 Because of its superior aerodynamics and sleek design, the Supermarine Spitfire became one of the iconic aircraft of World War II. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 June 2021 Fellow captain Ali Krieger wore the name of Mary Jackson, the first Black woman to become an engineer for NASA and a leader in improving aerodynamics for U.S. aircrafts. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 31 Mar. 2021 The Yakima roof rack—which measures 52.0 inches long, 48 inches wide, and 6.5 inches tall—surely doesn't help the 4Runner's aerodynamics on the highway. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, 22 June 2020 Martin and his staff had a full syllabus devoted to topics ranging from race car aerodynamics to a history lesson on the Gold and Glory Sweepstakes, an auto racing event for top Black drivers in the 1920s and 1930s. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, 15 May 2021 Martin and his staff had a full syllabus devoted to topics ranging from race car aerodynamics to a history lesson on the Gold and Glory Sweepstakes, an auto racing event for top Black drivers in the 1920s and 1930s. Dan Gelston, orlandosentinel.com, 15 May 2021 The aerodynamics are a bit more complex, but this is the simple explanation. John Cox, USA TODAY, 8 May 2021 Evernham and Stewart, both members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, believed there was still an interest for a series that featured cars that don't rely on aerodynamics and reward mechanical grip and driver skill. Jenna Fryer, Star Tribune, 6 May 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Aerodynamics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aerodynamics. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for aerodynamics

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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