winglet

noun
wing·​let | \ ˈwiŋ-lət How to pronounce winglet (audio) \

Definition of winglet

: a small wing also : a nearly vertical airfoil at an airplane's wingtip that reduces drag by inhibiting turbulence

Examples of winglet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even so, our world of winglets doesn’t get us far enough. Christie Aschwanden, Wired, "How Airlines Are Trying to Boost Efficiency and Cut Emissions," 1 Apr. 2020 The design defects focused on the aircraft’s angle-of-attack sensors, two small winglets on each side of the plane below the cockpit windows. USA Today, "What’s next for the 737 MAX – and Boeing," 6 Feb. 2020 That also explains the small winglets over the tops of the front wheels and even the spinning fairings that cover the wheels themselves. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula 1 gets radical new rules for 2021, plus a budget cap," 4 Nov. 2019 The lights sweep toward the fenders like winglets, while the whale-like grille below could swallow an ocean of krill. Henry Payne, chicagotribune.com, "Toyota Corolla Hatchback is wallflower no more," 25 Oct. 2019 The direction of thrust can be changed rapidly by altering the angle of the winglets. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "After More Than a Century, the Cyclocopter Is Making a Comeback," 5 Apr. 2019 The default fitting of the OnePlus Bullets Wireless includes silicone winglets alongside medium-sized silicone ear tips. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "OnePlus Bullets Wireless review: exceeding expectations," 21 May 2018 Not everyone will have the same size concha, of course, but OnePlus also bundles large and small tips and winglets. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "OnePlus Bullets Wireless review: exceeding expectations," 21 May 2018 Even cruise missiles such as the American Tomahawk or Russian Kalibr have small winglets that should be visible, and other missiles such as the Maverick anti-tank missile have stubby fins. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Video Shows U.S. Navy Run-in With UFO," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of winglet

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Winglet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/winglet. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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