wind tunnel


Definition of wind tunnel 

: a tunnellike passage through which air is blown at a known velocity to investigate air flow around an object (such as an airplane part or model) placed in the passage

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In the 1990s, a surplus of government wind tunnels and advances in computer simulations led to a consolidation, and a number of older facilities were demolished. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Historic Photos of NASA's Cavernous Wind Tunnels," 17 May 2018 After observing the critters’ behavior in the park, Cho studied them in a wind tunnel in a lab. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Before Soaring Through the Air, Tiny Crab Spiders Study the Wind," 18 June 2018 Where did our simulation, our wind tunnel model, break down? Noah Davis, Popular Mechanics, "Tough Jobs: Experimental Aircraft Test Pilot," 7 May 2015 The flights of spiders are well known, but not their physics, so Mr. Cho tested crab spiders both in nature and in a wind tunnel, and discovered, among other things, what holds the spiders up in the air. James Gorman, New York Times, "How Spiders Fly," 26 June 2018 That meant less of the narrow, winding tunnels that make up much of the cave complex were overwhelmed by water, so much of the route out could be walked, meaning less swimming and less time in scuba gear. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Four boys rescued from Thailand cave: What we know now," 8 July 2018 Fort Lauderdale has an indoor skydiving tunnel called iFly, a 14-foot in diameter wind tunnel powered by four electric motors. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "9 hot South Florida events in July," 25 June 2018 His hair was flamboyantly shaggy, as if a clean swoop had hit a wind tunnel. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Charlie Puth Got Famous. Then He Got Good.," 16 May 2018 Because of the configuration of weather systems, this zone is essentially going to turn into a raging wind tunnel. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Friday’s nor’easter may bring worst wind storm to Washington region since Sandy in 2012," 1 Mar. 2018

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wind tunnel

: a long, narrow room through which air is blown in order to test the effects of wind on an airplane, car, etc.

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