trailing edge

noun

Definition of trailing edge

: the rearmost edge of an object that moves and especially of an airfoil

Examples of trailing edge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An active element is on the trailing edge of the wing. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Targets a Higher Realm," 4 Oct. 2020 Tall drivers complain that its trailing edge leaves a lasting (and numbing) impression on their legs. Steve Smith, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1980 Audi 4000 Needs to Cook a Little Longer," 14 Aug. 2020 One way to reduce this noise would be to make the trailing edge of the wing less hard, more porous and more flexible. Dana Mackenzie, Smithsonian Magazine, "To Silence Wind Turbines and Airplanes, Engineers Are Studying Owl Wings," 15 Apr. 2020 The leading edge shape of the B-21 is simpler than the B-2A’s sawtooth trailing edge. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The B-21 Bomber Is the Coolest Plane We've Never Seen," 3 Feb. 2020 The 2-mile Red Line Greenway, an all-purpose trail edging the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s rapid transit tracks from Michael Zone Recreation Center Park at West 53rd Street to Columbus Road at Franklin Boulevard. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Metroparks awards $6M to build Wendy Park Bridge connecting lakefront to Towpath, Lake Link trails," 17 Oct. 2019 As a result, sections of the wings are much thicker than on a normal passenger jet, with a pair of engine nacelles mounted above the rear trailing edges. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "“Flying-V” airplane design promises fuel savings, but there’s a catch," 4 June 2019 As a result, sections of the wings are much thicker than on a normal passenger jet, with a pair of engine nacelles mounted above the rear trailing edges. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "“Flying-V” airplane design promises fuel savings, but there’s a catch," 4 June 2019 The class takes walks around the trails edging the education center and nearby visitor center, where moose and bears frequent the same pathways and chattering squirrels are easy to spot. Erin Kirkland, Alaska Dispatch News, "Kenai wildlife refuge’s PEEP program introduces little peeps to nature," 10 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of trailing edge

1909, in the meaning defined above

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10 Oct 2020

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“Trailing edge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trailing%20edge. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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