aerofoil

Definitions of aerofoil
  1. noun
    a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight
    synonyms: airfoil, control surface, surface
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    aileron
    an airfoil that controls lateral motion
    elevator
    the airfoil on the tailplane of an aircraft that makes it ascend or descend
    flap, flaps
    a movable airfoil that is part of an aircraft wing; used to increase lift or drag
    horizontal stabiliser, horizontal stabilizer, tailplane
    the horizontal airfoil of an aircraft's tail assembly that is fixed and to which the elevator is hinged
    rotary wing, rotor blade
    the long airfoil that rotates to provide the lift that supports a helicopter in the air
    rudder
    a hinged vertical airfoil mounted at the tail of an aircraft and used to make horizontal course changes
    spoiler
    a hinged airfoil on the upper surface of an aircraft wing that is raised to reduce lift and increase drag
    spoiler
    an airfoil mounted on the rear of a car to reduce lift at high speeds
    stabilizer
    airfoil consisting of a device for stabilizing an aircraft
    vertical tail
    the vertical airfoil in the tail assembly of an aircraft
    wing
    one of the horizontal airfoils on either side of the fuselage of an airplane
    horizontal tail
    the horizontal stabilizer and elevator in the tail assembly of an aircraft
    landing flap
    a flap on the underside of the wing that is lowered to slow the plane for landing
    tail fin, tailfin, vertical fin, vertical stabiliser, vertical stabilizer
    a stabilizer that is part of the vertical tail structure of an airplane
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    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
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