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 are small, flat-head dials for windage and elevation. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "The Outdoor Life Father’s Day Gift Guide," 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, "The Henry Garden Gun is a Handy .22-Caliber Smoothbore," 1 Apr. 2020 That means moving the elevation adjustment 80 graduations or clicks down and the windage adjustment 32 clicks to the right. Steve Meyer, Alaska Dispatch News, "How to ensure your gun is as accurate and consistent as possible," 26 July 2017 Team New Zealand appears to have nailed its design package, from its foils to its revolutionary cycling grinding system to how skipper Glenn Ashby controls the shape of the wingsail to its windage. Bernie Wilson, The Seattle Times, "America’s Cup reaches crossroads as Kiwis near win," 23 June 2017

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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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21 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Windage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/windage. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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