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form drag

noun, Physics.
the portion of the resisting force encountered by a body moving through a fluid that is due to the irregularity of shape of the body, reducible to a minimum by streamlining.
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1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • form drag and pressure drag are virtually the same type of drag.
  • We have developed a new coupled wind and wave formulation that includes the enhanced form drag of breaking waves.
British Dictionary definitions for form drag

form drag

the drag on a body moving through a fluid as a result of the shape of the body. It can be reduced by streamlining
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