zap flap

noun

ˈzap-
: a split flap in which the hinge axis moves aft as the flap is deflected, thus increasing the area of the wing as well as its camber

Word History

Etymology

Zap, shortened from Edward F. Zaparka †1959 (or earlier), American aeronautical engineer who patented it

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“Zap flap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zap%20flap. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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