ground effect


Definition of ground effect

1 : the apparent increase in aerodynamic lift experienced by an aircraft when flying near the ground and observed up to a distance above the ground approximately equal to the wing span
2 : a down force exerted on a racing car by special design features (such as winglike airfoils) that enables it to achieve higher speeds through turns before starting to skid often used in plural

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“Ground effect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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