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

Examples of wind tunnel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Later in the day, the smaller Blue Ridge fire erupted in Santa Ana Canyon — a notorious wind tunnel said to have given the blustery Santa Anas their name. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Today’s Headlines: A confirmed conservative court," 27 Oct. 2020 When subjected to just the normal ambient sounds while flying in a wind tunnel, the bats called at 113 decibels. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Echolocation Drains Bats Traveling through Noise," 20 Oct. 2020 This year, each of those wind tunnel tests mattered more than ever, Cadieux says. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "How data helped keep Red Bull’s F1 team on track during the pandemic," 19 Sep. 2020 The results were close to what Whitcomb had forecast in his wind tunnel studies, only better. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "What’s in a Winglet?: Inside the Epic Quest To Build a Better Airplane Wing," 5 July 2020 Those adjustments are tested in the wind tunnel prior to racing. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "How data helped keep Red Bull’s F1 team on track during the pandemic," 19 Sep. 2020 And this 204-mph car hasn't yet seen a wind tunnel. Giancarlo Perini, Car and Driver, "1989 Cizeta Moroder V16T Dares to Be Different," 14 Sep. 2020 The goal isn’t a wind tunnel, but a gentle sense of active air. Craig Mod, The Atlantic, "I Accidentally Pandemic-Prepped My House," 8 Sep. 2020 Hastings said the fans are being tested in a wind tunnel and that the company is confident that the flight controls can be designed to operate autonomously. Washington Post, "This company says its air taxis could be flying people across major cities by the ‘mid-2020s’," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of wind tunnel

1911, in the meaning defined above

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9 Nov 2020

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“Wind tunnel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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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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