9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[teyl-wind] /ˈteɪlˌwɪnd/
a wind coming from directly behind a moving object, especially an aircraft or other vehicle (opposed to headwind).
Origin of tailwind
1895-1900; tail1 + wind1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for tailwind
  • The tailwind behind medallion inflation is a cap on taxi cab licenses.
  • Ever easier mortgage terms and falling interest rates provided a brisk tailwind for home prices.
  • The wind currents vary so that there can be a considerable headwind one minute and a tailwind the next.
  • tailwind, the airport's restaurant and lounge is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving casual food.
  • When authorizing use of runways and a tailwind component exists, always state both wind direction and velocity.
  • The pilot's inadequate compensation for the tailwind condition and failure to maintain an adequate airspeed.
  • The pilot reported variable light winds which changed to a quartering tailwind upon touchdown.
  • While the loader was mixing the chemicals, the pilot noted that the wind shifted to a tailwind condition.
  • Factors were the tailwind and a jammed engine cylinder exhaust valve.
British Dictionary definitions for tailwind


a wind blowing in the same direction as the course of an aircraft or ship Compare headwind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for tailwind

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for tailwind

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for tailwind