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

Examples of tailhook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After appealing to the base chaplain during basic training for a transfer to a less perilous job than catching the tailhook of planes landing on an aircraft carrier, he was assigned as a journalist to the Navy News Service in Vietnam. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 24 Jun. 2024.

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