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

Examples of wind tunnel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sections at the museum will have attractions like flight simulators, wind tunnels, photo booths, and games for guests of all ages. Chase Jordan, Charlotte Observer, 31 May 2024 The museum also features an interactive experience, providing hands-on, educational activities dispersed throughout the space, including flight simulators, wind tunnels, photobooths and games that are accessible, educational and enriching for guests of all ages, according to a press release. Brian Brant, Peoplemag, 30 May 2024 Then they get geared up in a helmet and flight suit before getting into a wind tunnel that simulates the action of skydiving. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 May 2024 The crescent shape of the new condo tower and its jarring proximity, combined with the formerly soothing prevailing breeze, creates a wind tunnel that rakes across the north side of Building 3 and the driveway entrance, knocking down patio furniture, annihilating hairdos and slamming car doors. Linda Robertson, Miami Herald, 28 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for wind tunnel 

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wind tunnel was in 1911

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“Wind tunnel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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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