windage

noun wind·age \ ˈwin-dij \

Definition of windage

1 a :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
2 a :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

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