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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The design is expected to begin wind tunnel tests this April, and in 2024, an upcoming radar cross-section testing facility is expected to be used to measure and optimize the aircraft’s radar signature. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 30 Mar. 2023 First, Choi and Park confirmed that the angles that achieved the greatest lift in the wind tunnel were the same steep angles at which flying fish emerge from the water in the wild. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 10 Sep. 2010 In another experiment, van Breugel put two glass objects into the wind tunnel. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 21 Aug. 2015 Every minute in the wind tunnel is equivalent to one skydive from 13,000 feet. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 8 Feb. 2023 In Phase 1, which is already completed, Aurora created an aircraft that was able to use active flow control to demonstrate control in a wind tunnel test. Kelsey D. Atherton, Popular Science, 30 Jan. 2023 Like the 2015 study, the team at Soochow conducted simulated wind tunnel tests to see how the eye’s moisture levels fared when a breeze was blowing. Jennifer Walter, Discover Magazine, 10 Oct. 2019 When flipped upside down while in the wind tunnel, springtails with water droplets on their collophores were able to flip themselves around in less than 20 milliseconds, faster than any animal previously recorded. Oliver Whang, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2022 Therefore, the major concern is that this location, something of a wind tunnel, could amplify wind speeds that exceed the structural tolerance of our habitat. Kate Greene, Discover Magazine, 29 July 2013 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wind tunnel was in 1911

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“Wind tunnel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition

wind tunnel

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

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