ra·​dome ˈrā-ˌdōm How to pronounce radome (audio)
: a plastic housing sheltering the antenna assembly of a radar set especially on an airplane

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In rainstorms, the radome leaked. John Kelly, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2023 There was nothing remotely orblike about this radome. John Kelly, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2023 The pilothouse seems most like a conventional yacht, while the whimsy begins again on the flybridge, with its teak deck, and aquamarine upper helm, tables and even the top radome. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 13 May 2022 The team is set inspect the gear box inside the radome, the large golf ball-like bubble that houses the actual rotating antenna. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2020 Grainy photographs out of China depict a plane that is practically identical to the E-2 Hawkeye, from the shape of the aircraft to the radome mounted on top. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 31 Aug. 2020 The nose cone is a radome, which is any dome that protects and encloses radar equipment. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 8 July 2020 The platform appears to be topped with a radome and solar panels, and its strategic location makes it likely it is intended to extend China’s radar or signals intelligence collection in the area, the report said. Alice Fung, The Seattle Times, 21 Nov. 2018 To give you an idea of just how big this radar is, the spherical radome, which protects the radar from the elements, is more than 103 feet high and 120 feet in diameter. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 4 Nov. 2016 See More

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Word History


radar dome

First Known Use

circa 1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of radome was circa 1944

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“Radome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radome. Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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