delta wing

noun

: a triangular swept-back airplane wing with a usually straight trailing edge

Examples of delta wing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The kit consists of 2,083 pieces and faithfully captures the jet’s iconic shape, including its long and skinny fuselage and curved delta wing. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 14 Aug. 2023 The diminutive, largely aluminum single-engine design incorporated a cropped delta wing blended with the fuselage body. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 11 July 2021 This design could take the form of a delta wing – a triangular shape used by Concorde, among others – or simply a swept wing, at an angle optimized for faster-than-sound travel. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, 27 Jan. 2023 The aircraft’s shape is reminiscent of a delta wing aircraft, used in military and supersonic jets like the Concorde, but the Falcon Solar takes it a step farther with curved wings and an elegant, bird-like fuselage. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 12 May 2022 The 71-foot-long fuselage was designed for aerodynamic efficiency, with a delta wing and three J85-15 engines by General Electric for supersonic speeds. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 13 Jan. 2022 Ryan Aeronautical selected the delta wing for its new X-13 Vertijet aircraft that takes off straight up. Thomas E. Stimson, Popular Mechanics, 15 July 2021 Any delta wing has a large area, so wing loading is low. Thomas E. Stimson, Popular Mechanics, 15 July 2021 The briefing includes a rendering of a fighter concept that appears to combine the nose and cockpit of an F-CK-1 with a tailless delta wing similar to that on the Mirage 2000. David Axe, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

delta entry 1; from its shape

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of delta wing was in 1946

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“Delta wing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delta%20wing. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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