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fairing

[fair-ing] /ˈfɛər ɪŋ/
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
1910-1915
1910-15; fair1 + -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for fairings

fairing1

/ˈfɛərɪŋ/
noun
1.
an external metal structure fitted around parts of an aircraft, car, vessel, etc, to reduce drag Also called fillet Compare cowling
Word Origin
C20: fair1 + -ing1

fairing2

/ˈfɛərɪŋ/
noun
1.
(archaic) a present, esp from a fair
2.
a sweet circular biscuit made with butter
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Word Origin and History for fairings

fairing

n.

"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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