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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This prompted an engineer named John Stack to study airflow in a high speed wind tunnel using a special kind of photography. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Why Airplane Wings Angle Backwards, Explained in 4 Minutes," 10 Mar. 2016 This is the longest covered hallway in the world and is not only lovely, but functional: On a hot day, the hallway creates a sort of wind tunnel, with the breeze off the lake circulating coolly throughout the walkway. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 But in the 1990s, a zoologist named Charles Ellington decided to test this theory by putting various insects in actual wind tunnels. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "This nifty flying robot can hover, bank, and turn as deftly as a fruit fly," 13 Sep. 2018 But alas, the P Zero Sound is a replica mold (that comes in nine colors) of the smaller tire F1 teams use for their aerodynamic wind tunnel testing. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Pirelli made a tire-shaped Bluetooth speaker that isn’t actually made from tires," 26 July 2018 Ballistics labs, wind tunnels and enrichment facilities can be hidden in buildings or underground. New York Times, "Deep in the Desert, Iran Quietly Advances Missile Technology," 23 May 2018 Each boy was escorted out by two divers through winding tunnels as narrow as 15 inches wide. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "‘Hooyah, Hooyah, Hooyah’: Jubilation at Thai cave rescue spreads across the world," 10 July 2018 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

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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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