tail·​plane | \ ˈtāl-ˌplān How to pronounce tailplane (audio) \

Definition of tailplane

: the horizontal tail surfaces of an airplane including the stabilizer and the elevator

Examples of tailplane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their position not only protects them from being damaged by foreign objects flying up from unprepared runways, but also directs their exhaust over the tailplane, helping to shield them from detection by infrared surface-to-air missiles. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 19 Nov. 2016 The back wall is padded, presumably to stop any unstowed objects from crashing out of the tailplane. Sebastian Anthony, Ars Technica, 3 July 2017

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First Known Use of tailplane

1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tailplane was in 1909

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“Tailplane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailplane. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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