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aerodynamic braking

noun
1.
the use of aerodynamic drag to slow spacecraft re-entering the atmosphere
2.
the use of airbrakes to retard flying vehicles or objects
3.
the use of a parachute or reversed thrust to decelerate an aircraft during landing
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