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A part or surface, such as a wing, propeller blade, or rudder, that interacts with a flow of air to provide stability, rotation, lift, or thrust.
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(Aeronautics) US and Canadian a cross section of an aileron, wing, tailplane, or rotor blade. Also called: aerofoil
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any surface, as a wing or stabilizer, designed to aid in lifting or controlling an aircraft by making use of the air currents through which it moves.
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A part, such as an aircraft wing, designed to provide lift as air flows around its surface. Air passes over the airfoil faster than it passes beneath it, resulting in greater pressure below than above. Propellers are airfoils that are spun rapidly to provide propulsion.
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|Noun||1.||airfoil - a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight|
aileron - an airfoil that controls lateral motion
device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
elevator - the airfoil on the tailplane of an aircraft that makes it ascend or descend
horizontal stabiliser, horizontal stabilizer, tailplane - the horizontal airfoil of an aircraft's tail assembly that is fixed and to which the elevator is hinged
leading edge - forward edge of an airfoil
rotary wing, rotor blade - the long airfoil that rotates to provide the lift that supports a helicopter in the air
rudder - a hinged vertical airfoil mounted at the tail of an aircraft and used to make horizontal course changes
spoiler - a hinged airfoil on the upper surface of an aircraft wing that is raised to reduce lift and increase drag
spoiler - an airfoil mounted on the rear of a car to reduce lift at high speeds
stabilizer - airfoil consisting of a device for stabilizing an aircraft
trailing edge - the rear edge of an airfoil
vertical tail - the vertical airfoil in the tail assembly of an aircraft
wing - one of the horizontal airfoils on either side of the fuselage of an airplane
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