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

Examples of arresting gear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ship is also supposed to receive a new deck coating, new aircraft arresting gear, and new electronic warfare, communications, navigation, and combat control gear. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 19 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of arresting gear was in 1919

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“Arresting gear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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