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 An American Airlines regional flight hit turbulence over Alabama Tuesday night and lost a piece of its right wing known as the winglet. al, 4 May 2022 The jet will be powered by the same Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 turbofan engines as the G700, while sharing that aircraft’s wing, tail and winglet. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 5 Oct. 2021 The same outside-hinge approach was used for the rear hatch, to prevent any loss of headroom in the back, and to give designers and excuse to use cool little winglet roof covers. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 17 July 2021 Even so, our world of winglets doesn’t get us far enough. Christie Aschwanden, Wired, 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, 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, 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,, 25 Oct. 2019 The direction of thrust can be changed rapidly by altering the angle of the winglets. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, 5 Apr. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of winglet

1611, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Winglet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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