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angle of incidence

angle of incidence

n.
The angle formed by a ray or wave incident on a surface and a line perpendicular to the surface at the point of incidence.
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angle of incidence

n
1. (General Physics) the angle that a line or beam of radiation makes with the normal to the surface at the point of incidence
2. (Aeronautics) another name for angle of attack
3. (Aeronautics) Also called: rigging angle of incidence the angle between the chord line of an aircraft wing or tailplane and the aircraft's longitudinal axis
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an′gle of in′cidence


n.
1. Also called incidence. the angle that a ray, as of light, makes with a normal to a surface at the point where the ray meets the surface.
2. (on an airplane) the angle, usu. fixed, between a wing or tail root chord and the axis of the fuselage.
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angle of incidence

The angle formed by a ray or wave, as of light or sound, striking a surface and a line perpendicular to the surface at the point of impact. See more at wave.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.angle of incidence - the angle that a line makes with a line perpendicular to the surface at the point of incidence
angle - the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians
angle of attack - the acute angle between the direction of the undisturbed relative wind and the chord of an airfoil
critical angle - the smallest angle of incidence for which light is totally reflected
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