ra·​dome | \ˈrā-ˌdōm \

Definition of radome 

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

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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 Meggitt designs and manufactures military and commercial aircraft fuel tanks, fuel systems and advanced composite structures, including radomes for in-flight satellite communications. Chevel Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Georgia manufacturer is expanding, creating 211 jobs," 24 Aug. 2017 Other additions include inner flaps, main landing gear doors, nose, radome, antennas, overhead stowage and other cabin fixtures, and testing begins on electronics, climate and control systems. Lawrence Specker | Lspecker@al.com, AL.com, "Taking flight: How an Airbus jetliner is made in Mobile," 15 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of radome

circa 1944, in the meaning defined above

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radar dome

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