aero·dy·nam·ics | \ ˌer-ō-dī-ˈna-miks \

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 \ or less commonly aerodynamical \ˌer-ō-dī-ˈna-mi-kəl \ adjective
aerodynamically \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.

First Known Use of aerodynamics

circa 1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aerodynamics

aero- + dynamics (on the model of hydrodynamics)

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The first known use of aerodynamics was circa 1829

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aero·dy·nam·ics | \ -dī-ˈnam-iks \

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 \ also aerodynamical \-i-kəl \ adjective
aerodynamically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
aerodynamicist \-ˈnam-ə-səst \ noun

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