pitot-static tube

noun (1), often capitalized P
pi·​tot-stat·​ic tube | \ ˌpē-ˌtō-ˈsta-tik- How to pronounce pitot-static tube (audio) \

Definition of pitot-static tube

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a device that consists of a pitot tube and a static tube and that measures pressures in such a way that the relative speed of a fluid can be determined

pitot tube

noun (2), often capitalized P
pi·​tot tube | \ ˈpē-ˌtō- How to pronounce pitot tube (audio) \

Definition of pitot tube (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a device that consists of a tube having a short right-angled bend which is placed vertically in a moving body of fluid (such as air) with the mouth of the bent part directed upstream and that is used with a manometer to measure the velocity of fluid flow

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Problems with malfunctioning pitot tubes—airspeed sensors located under the noses of aircraft—have been well documented over the years and resulted in a number of high-profile passenger-aircraft accidents. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Airspeed Sensors Emerge as Initial Focus in Lion Air Crash," 30 Oct. 2018 The cause is the fact that the plane's pitot tubes, externally mounted sensors that determine air speed, have iced over, so the human pilots will now have to fly the plane by hand. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447," 6 Dec. 2011 Another of the pitot tubes begins to function once more. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447," 6 Dec. 2011 Ice accumulation can wreak havoc inside modern jet engines or on the tips of airspeed-measuring devices extending from the noses of jets, called pitot tubes. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Efforts to Tackle Icing Problems on Planes Face Setback," 2 July 2017

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First Known Use of pitot-static tube

Noun (1)

1926, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pitot-static tube

Noun (2)

French (tube de) Pitot, from Henri Pitot †1771 French physicist

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