arresting gear

noun

Definition of arresting gear

: an apparatus that is used to halt the forward motion of an airplane landing on an aircraft carrier by catching a hook on the airplane's tail and that consists of a series of wire cables extending across the flight deck

First Known Use of arresting gear

1919, in the meaning defined above

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“Arresting gear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arresting%20gear. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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