tailhook

noun

tail·​hook ˈtāl-ˌhu̇k How to pronounce tailhook (audio)
variants or tail hook
: a retractable hook on the underside of the tail of a carrier-based airplane extended in landing to engage an arresting-gear cable on the deck of the carrier

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tailhook was in 1942

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“Tailhook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailhook. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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