ra·​dome | \ ˈrā-ˌdōm How to pronounce radome (audio) \

Definition of radome

: a plastic housing sheltering the antenna assembly of a radar set especially on an airplane

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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, "US carrier in Hong Kong after bombers fly over S. China Sea," 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, "The Pentagon's Giant Golf Ball Radar Kept Tabs on North Korea," 4 Nov. 2016 While simulated birds of the same weight just bounce off, a drone can become embedded or even tear right through the radome. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Really Happens When a Drone Strikes an Airplane," 22 Dec. 2016 If the battery was lodged inside a radome or embedded in a plane, a fire could be the catastrophic icing on a tragic cake. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Really Happens When a Drone Strikes an Airplane," 22 Dec. 2016 The antennas sit inside plastic, geodesic radomes of varying sizes. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Inside the Arctic Circle, Golden Hour Has Nothing on Golden Day," 8 June 2018 However, the radome, the circular cover over the radar at the aircraft's nose, isn't so lucky. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Really Happens When a Drone Strikes an Airplane," 22 Dec. 2016 Still, hail caved in the radome in the airplane’s nose and broke cockpit windows. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Watch in Real Time as American Airlines 1897 Tries to Escape a Hail Storm From Hell," 6 June 2018 The storm knocked the radome, the domed structure over the radar, off the roof of the building. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, "At the National Hurricane Center, it’s all calm before the storm," 9 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of radome

circa 1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for radome

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