tailplane

noun

tail·​plane ˈtāl-ˌplān How to pronounce tailplane (audio)
: the horizontal tail surfaces of an airplane including the stabilizer and the elevator

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Fuselage sections came from Hamburg, Germany, and Saint-Nazaire, France; the horizontal tailplane was manufactured in Cadiz, Spain; and the vertical tail fin was also made in Hamburg. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 15 Dec. 2021 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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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tailplane was in 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Tailplane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailplane. Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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