relative wind


: the motion of the air relative to a body in it

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The tunnel’s 10-by-16-by-49-foot open test section includes a 39-foot-diameter turntable that can rotate a car 180 degrees to the relative wind. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 23 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of relative wind was in 1915

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“Relative wind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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