windage

noun
wind·​age | \ ˈwin-dij How to pronounce windage (audio) \

Definition of windage

1a : the space between the projectile of a smoothbore gun and the surface of the bore
b : the difference between the diameter of the bore of a muzzle-loading rifled cannon and that of the projectile cylinder
2a : the amount of sight deflection necessary to compensate for wind displacement in aiming a gun
b(1) : the influence of the wind in deflecting the course of a projectile
(2) : the amount of deflection due to the wind
3 : the surface exposed (as by a ship) to the wind

Examples of windage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s no wind in space or on the moon, so there would be no need to calculate for windage at longer ranges. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 31 Mar. 2021 Amazingly, the rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation. The Editors, Field & Stream, 23 Feb. 2021 There are stainless-steel turrets for easy up and down or left and right adjustments, and a locking windage turret prevents accidental adjustments in the field. Field & Stream, 23 Nov. 2020 Again watch the reticle while turning the windage and elevation dials to move the crosshair over bullet hole. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 7 Aug. 2020 Some testers questioned the need for the windage-turret limiter. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, 18 Aug. 2020 Some shooters intentionally mount scopes this way to better clear the ejection port, knowing that the windage and elevation dials are then reversed. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 7 Aug. 2020 There are small, flat-head dials for windage and elevation. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 1 June 2020 The rear can be drifted in the dovetail that secures it to the barrel to adjust windage. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of windage

circa 1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for windage

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Cite this Entry

“Windage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/windage. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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