drift angle

noun

Definition of drift angle

  1. 1 :  the angle between the axis of a ship when turning and the tangent to the path on which it is turning

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of drift angle

probably translation of French angle de dérive


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