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a. The effect of wind on the course of a projectile.
b. The point or degree at which the wind gauge or sight of a rifle or gun must be set to compensate for the effect of the wind.
c. The difference in a given firearm between the diameter of the projectile fired and the diameter of the bore of the firearm.
2. The disturbance of air caused by the passage of a fast-moving object, such as a railway train.
3. Nautical The part of the surface of a ship exposed to the wind.
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1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery)
a. a deflection of a projectile as a result of the effect of the wind
b. the degree of such deflection
c. the extent to which it is necessary to adjust the wind gauge of a gun sight in order to compensate for such deflection
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the difference between a firearm's bore and the diameter of its projectile
3. (Nautical Terms) nautical the exposed part of the hull of a vessel responsible for wind resistance
4. (Mechanical Engineering) the retarding force upon a rotating machine resulting from the drag of the air
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(ˈwɪn dɪdʒ)

1. the influence of the wind in deflecting a missile.
2. the amount of such deflection.
3. the degree to which a gunsight must be adjusted to correct for windage.
4. the difference between the diameter of a projectile and that of the gun bore, to allow for the escape of gas and the prevention of friction.
5. that portion of a ship's surface upon which the wind acts.
6. friction between a rotor and the air within its casing, as in an electric generator.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.windage - the retarding force of air friction on a moving object
drag, retarding force - the phenomenon of resistance to motion through a fluid
2.windage - the space between the projectile of a smoothbore gun and the surface of the bore of the gun
diam, diameter - the length of a straight line passing through the center of a circle and connecting two points on the circumference
3.windage - exposure to the wind (as the exposed part of a vessel's hull which is responsible for wind resistance)
exposure - vulnerability to the elements; to the action of heat or cold or wind or rain; "exposure to the weather" or "they died from exposure";
4.windage - the deflection of a projectile resulting from the effects of wind
bending, deflexion, deflection - the property of being bent or deflected
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The piece once cast, it must be bored with great precision, so as to preclude any possible windage. So there will be no loss whatever of gas, and all the expansive force of the powder will be employed in the propulsion."
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The mounting bracket allows for significant windage adjustments while also providing some measure of elevation adjustment via the bracket and barrel-shaped rest attachment.
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The MKAD211 and GLAD211 adjustable sights are fully adjustable for windage and elevation with positive click adjustment, and have all steel construction with a blued finish.
The Varmint Light 730 includes a windage and elevation micro-adjustment Picatinny mount, a coil pressure switch with dimmer function, a 25mm scope mount, an AC/DC charger with battery and a hard-shell carrying case.
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The SIG Lockdown system on the turrets worked well coming up and down, and the clicks on the elevation and windage turrets were smooth and precise.