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air resistance

noun

the opposition of the atmosphere to forward movement; also called aerodynamic drag

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  • On the other hand, the large wheel is heavier, and suffers more from air resistance than the small wheel.

  • This element of air resistance must be taken into consideration in determining the engine horsepower required.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • air resistance against a machine turning becomes greater, it slows down the speed, decreases the lifting power of the planes.

    Opportunities in Aviation Arthur Sweetser
  • Their hulls, motor gondolas, in fact, all braces and wires were streamlined so as to offer the least air resistance.

    Zeppelin Harry Vissering
  • With any gravity or air resistance at all, the Italian couldn't have carried even one.

    Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The air resistance produced by the cables is therefore very slight, since only two lines are exposed.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • The air resistance of different models is accurately determined.

  • Only when it was up where air resistance was a very small fraction of ground-level drag would its own rockets fire.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
  • We are up high enough to make the air resistance almost nothing, even at this velocity, but we still require some power.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
  • The range was almost point-blank, and there was, of course, no need to take either gravity or air resistance into account.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett

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