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[win-dij] /ˈwɪn dɪdʒ/
the influence of the wind in deflecting a missile.
the amount of such deflection.
the degree to which a gunsight must be adjusted to correct for windage.
a difference between the diameter of a projectile and that of the gun bore, for the escape of gas and the prevention of friction.
Nautical. that portion of a vessel's surface upon which the wind acts.
Machinery. friction between a rotor and the air within its casing, as in an electric generator.
Electricity. the resisting influence of air against the rotating armature of a dynamo, creating a power loss.
Origin of windage
1700-10; wind1 + -age Unabridged
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Examples from the web for windage
  • But there's a lot of uncertainty in how much to factor windage into an equation.
  • The tower top weight, size and windage is minimum, hence cost is much reduced.
  • The laser shall have windage and elevation boresight adjustments.
  • The diagonal windage rods and riser column rods are tightly secured and straight with no metal loss observed.
  • And, it was necessary to make calculations for windage.
  • Pump capacity is reduced due to windage losses between the pump impeller and pump casing.
  • If the rounds miss the target, he makes adjustments for windage and elevation.
  • The ship is subject to windage and has a tendency to roll.
  • Adjust incident perimeters to account for windage risks.
  • Mist eliminators follow each packed bed to prevent windage loss of chemicals.
British Dictionary definitions for windage


  1. a deflection of a projectile as a result of the effect of the wind
  2. the degree of such deflection
  3. the extent to which it is necessary to adjust the wind gauge of a gun sight in order to compensate for such deflection
the difference between a firearm's bore and the diameter of its projectile
(nautical) the exposed part of the hull of a vessel responsible for wind resistance
the retarding force upon a rotating machine resulting from the drag of the air
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Slang definitions & phrases for windage

win a few lose a few


One cannot always be victorious or successful; you can't win 'em all: Manning fought from within Luce's empire against the Republicanizing of the news, and as Theodore White predicted in urging him to take the job, he won some and lost some

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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