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noun (1)

fair·​ing ˈfer-iŋ How to pronounce fairing (audio)
: a present bought or given at a fair
: gift


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noun (2)

: a member or structure whose primary function is to produce a smooth outline and to reduce drag (as on an airplane)

Examples of fairing in a Sentence

Noun (1) business takes him to all corners of the globe, but he never fails to bring back fairings for the family back in London
Recent Examples on the Web
The tests included identifying hardware on electronics vans, fairings on fighter jets and missile tubes on warships. William J. Broad, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Because this mission launched on China's most powerful rocket, with the longer payload fairing added on, the Yaogan-41 spacecraft is presumably quite big. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 22 Dec. 2023 Two streamlined fairings sprout up behind the seats to improve the airflow over the vehicle. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 17 Aug. 2023 About 60 of the 570-pound satellites will be packed into the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket, and if successful, bring the number of satellites in orbit to about 750. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, 1 Oct. 2020 To be fair, some of that enormous development price tag for space telescopes is because, at the moment, a big telescope has to fit in a smaller fairing. Phil Plait, Scientific American, 15 May 2023 For example, if NASA’s JWST space telescope had been launched within Starship’s 8-meter-wide fairing, its 6.5-meter mirror would not have needed folding. Byadam Mann, science.org, 20 Apr. 2023 The bike is being offered complete with its original fairing splattered with the thousands of bugs the competition is known for, collected as Hickman took the Senior TT—a grueling 228-mile race around the legendary 37.73-mile road circuit. Peter Jackson, Robb Report, 6 Apr. 2023 SpaceX, for instance, uses drone ships for the first-stage boosters as well as ships to capture the rocket fairings, a fleet of six ships as of 2023. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Noun (2)

fair entry 4

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fairing was in 1574

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“Fairing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairing. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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