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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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  • The best angles of incidence for these varying factors are found by means of wind-tunnel research and practical trial and error.

  • And when the last bolt had struck, the tide turned and rolled back down the wind-tunnel, a blinding river of living light.

    A World is Born Leigh Douglass Brackett
  • The best degree of fineness for any given velocity is found by means of wind-tunnel research.

  • Dio staggered out of the wind-tunnel and sagged down beside Jill.

    A World is Born Leigh Douglass Brackett
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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