planform

noun
plan·​form | \ ˈplan-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce planform (audio) \

Definition of planform

: the contour of an object (such as an airplane) or mass as viewed from above

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The bad news is the tailess, flying wing planform of the X-47B comes with some inherent stability and low speed flying issues that make the take off and landing from an aircraft carrier a real engineering challenge. Jason Paur, WIRED, "Can Killer Drones Land on Carriers Like Human Top Guns?," 3 Nov. 2009

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First Known Use of planform

1908, in the meaning defined above

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