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 The lights sweep toward the fenders like winglets, while the whale-like grille below could swallow an ocean of krill. Henry Payne,, "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 The front splitter, the hood scoop, the fender vents, the aero vanes up on the roof (that actually channel air over the wing), the winglets, the triple-tip exhaust, and the red pinstriped wheels make the Type R seem like a life-sized shout for help. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "America finally gets Honda’s best: The 2018 Civic Type R," 22 Jan. 2018 The Max 9 features Boeing's Advanced Technology winglets and fuel efficient engines to provide a quieter ride and the ability to fly farther on less fuel, according to a news release. Andrea Rumbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "United to fly Boeing 737 Max 9 from Houston," 19 Feb. 2018 The trio is developing alloys to manipulate rudders, winglets and other parts of aircrafts and spaceships. Grant Segall,, "Dishwasher returns to hotel as NASA Glenn researcher getting prestigious science award (photos)," 8 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of winglet

1611, in the meaning defined above

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23 Nov 2019

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“Winglet.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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