arresting gear

noun

: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arresting gear was in 1919

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“Arresting gear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arresting%20gear. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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