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winglet

[wing-lit] /ˈwɪŋ lɪt/
noun
1.
a little wing.
2.
Zoology, alula.
3.
Aeronautics.
  1. a small wing used mainly to carry external loads or to connect struts or gears to the fuselage.
  2. a short, near-vertical projection on a wing tip that reduces drag and improves fuel efficiency.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; wing + -let
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Examples from the web for winglet
  • The winglet was then attached to the outboard end of each fuel tank.
  • The left horizontal stabilizer end plate exhibited scratching and slight crush damage on the bottom leading edge of the winglet.
  • winglet or tip fin means an out-of- plane surface extending from a lifting surface.
  • winglet or tip fin means an out-of-plane surface extending from a lifting surface.
British Dictionary definitions for winglet

winglet

/ˈwɪŋlɪt/
noun
1.
a small wing, esp the bastard wing of a bird
2.
a small wing placed at the tip of the main wing of an aircraft and perpendicular to it designed to reduce the aircraft's vortex drag
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