delta wing

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Definition of delta wing 

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

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The delta wing shape is essentially a triangle, and that helps keep the aircraft stable at high speeds. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Problem with The Last Jedi's New Star Destroyer," 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, "The Problem with The Last Jedi's New Star Destroyer," 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, "The Problem with The Last Jedi's New Star Destroyer," 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, "NASA Picks Lockheed Martin to Make Low-Boom Supersonic X-Plane," 3 Apr. 2018 The delta wing shape is essentially a triangle, and that helps keep the aircraft stable at high speeds. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Problem with The Last Jedi's New Star Destroyer," 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, "The Problem with The Last Jedi's New Star Destroyer," 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, "The Problem with The Last Jedi's New Star Destroyer," 18 Dec. 2017 Its swept-back delta wings and early electronic flight controls gave it the look of tomorrow, as did its blinding white, matte black and Day-Glo orange paint. Ian Austen, New York Times, "Hunting for a Canadian Legend: the Avro Arrow Jet Fighter," 13 Sep. 2017

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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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