fairings

fairing

[fair-ing]
noun
1.
a structure on the exterior of an aircraft or boat, for reducing drag.
2.
a structure, as a rigid, transparent, plastic sheet, at the front of a motorcycle, bicycle, etc., for deflecting wind and rain.

Origin:
1910–15; fair1 + -ing1

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fairing1 (ˈfɛərɪŋ)
 
n
Compare cowling Also called: fillet an external metal structure fitted around parts of an aircraft, car, vessel, etc, to reduce drag
 
[C20: fair1 + -ing1]

fairing2 (ˈfɛərɪŋ)
 
n
1.  archaic a present, esp from a fair
2.  a sweet circular biscuit made with butter

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fairing
"piece added for streamlining purposes," 1865, from fair (v.) a ship-building word meaning "to make fair or level, to correct curvatures," from fair (adj.).
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