trailing edge


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Flow over the morphing body separates behind the trailing edge of the inflated shape, so whether the protrusion is at the front, center, or back of the robot influences the amount of drag and lift. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Nov. 2019 The opposite side away from which all that momentum goes is called the trailing edge. Amy Shira Teitel, Discover Magazine, 21 Apr. 2018 By early Wednesday the trailing edge of that storm had largely slipped out of Southern California, where the next big storm was predicted to hit on Saturday and extend into Sunday. Arkansas Online, 29 Dec. 2022 When the leading edge of a light wave hits the cloak, the material is manipulated to speed up the light, but when the trailing edge hits, the light is slowed down and delayed. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 16 Nov. 2010 There will be no sunroof option, and the roof can either be in high-gloss black or in the optional body colour, though there is an extra small lip spoiler on the trailing edge of the roof. Michael Taylor, Forbes, 22 June 2022 The potential for excessive rain begins Monday afternoon and extends until the end of Tuesday because of a trailing edge of Tropical Storm Alex, which is well out in the Atlantic Ocean. Kathy Laskowski, Sun Sentinel, 6 June 2022 Their tests showed that a smooth trailing edge creates the most noise. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 11 Mar. 2022 Having a pointy, sawtooth shape at the trailing edge somewhat reduces the noise. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trailing edge was in 1909

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“Trailing edge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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