drift angle

noun

Definition of drift angle

1 : the angle between the axis of a ship when turning and the tangent to the path on which it is turning
2 : the horizontal angle between the longitudinal axis of an airplane and its path relative to the ground : the angle between the heading and the track

called also leeway

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History and Etymology for drift angle

probably translation of French angle de dérive

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“Drift angle.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drift%20angle. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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