delta wing

noun

Definition of delta wing

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

Examples of delta wing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The stubby delta wing gives sufficient lift with extremely low wing loading (weight to wing area), as well as minimum drag and maximum maneuverability. Kevin Brown, Popular Mechanics, 19 Nov. 2020 The Rafale is an agile jet, with a delta wing and large canards to enhance maneuverability. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 20 Aug. 2019 The delta wing shape is essentially a triangle, and that helps keep the aircraft stable at high speeds. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, 18 Dec. 2017 The delta wing shape is essentially a triangle, and that helps keep the aircraft stable at high speeds. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, 18 Dec. 2017 The delta wing shape is essentially a triangle, and that helps keep the aircraft stable at high speeds. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, 18 Dec. 2017 With a highly-swept delta wing, the long and slender plane removes protruding parts by using a camera system to give the pilot outside views, as his natural view will be limited. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of delta wing

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for delta wing

delta entry 1; from its shape

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19 Jul 2021

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“Delta wing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delta%20wing. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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