noun wind·age \ˈwin-dij\

Definition of windage

  1. 1a :  the space between the projectile of a smoothbore gun and the surface of the boreb :  the difference between the diameter of the bore of a muzzle-loading rifled cannon and that of the projectile cylinder

  2. 2a :  the amount of sight deflection necessary to compensate for wind displacement in aiming a gunb (1) :  the influence of the wind in deflecting the course of a projectile (2) :  the amount of deflection due to the wind

  3. 3 :  the surface exposed (as by a ship) to the wind

Origin and Etymology of windage


First Known Use: circa 1710

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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