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wind tunnel

[wind] /wɪnd/
noun, Aeronautics
a tubular chamber or structure in which a steady current of air can be maintained at a controlled velocity, equipped with devices for measuring and recording forces and moments on scale models of complete aircraft or of their parts or, sometimes, on full-scale aircraft or their parts.
Origin of wind tunnel
1910-15, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for wind tunnel
  • So in spite of computational euphoria, wind tunnel testing is still important.
  • Frankly, it never would have occurred to me to test flying squirrels in a wind tunnel.
  • It's not too difficult to train people to get good lift over drag positions in a wind tunnel.
  • The scientists brought ski jumpers to a wind tunnel.
  • To determine which wing shapes worked best, they tested models in a homemade wind tunnel.
  • As a final step, the researchers held feathers in a wind tunnel while filming with a high-speed camera.
  • Scientists filmed maple seeds as they wafted through a smoke-filled wind tunnel.
  • In a wind tunnel it is the surrounding medium that is moving.
  • Computer simulations are limited in their power to predict unless dealing with limited domains eg objects in a wind tunnel.
  • One gets the sense of operating in this wind tunnel of hatred.
British Dictionary definitions for wind tunnel

wind tunnel

a chamber for testing the aerodynamic properties of aircraft, aerofoils, etc, in which a current of air can be maintained at a constant velocity
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wind tunnel in Science
wind tunnel  
A chamber through which air is blown at controlled speeds to simulate the motion of objects placed in the chamber through the air, used to study the aerodynamic properties of objects such as automobiles, airplanes, and missiles.
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