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aerodynamics

Syllabification: aer·o·dy·nam·ics
Pronunciation: /ˌerōˌdīˈnamiks
 
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Definition of aerodynamics in English:

plural noun

[treated as singular]
1The study of the properties of moving air, and especially of the interaction between the air and solid bodies moving through it.
Example sentences
  • Students study subjects such as aerodynamics, aircraft electrical systems and avionics.
  • The University of Bath researchers are studying the complex aerodynamics needed to fly very small unmanned aircraft.
  • Even the great 16th century artist Leonardo da Vinci made studies of aerodynamics and flying apparatus.
1.1The properties of a solid object regarding the manner in which air flows around it.
Example sentences
  • The fur on tennis balls and the stitching on baseballs also create turbulence, which similarly affects the aerodynamics.
  • It's just the way these cars are designed with the aerodynamics.
  • But last week in testing we made some steps forward in terms of tyres and aerodynamics, so we should be strong here.
1.2 [treated as plural] The properties of aerodynamics insofar as they result in maximum efficiency of motion.
Example sentences
  • And you want it lowered when motoring on the highway for maximum aerodynamics.
  • Although they were not aimed at maximum aerodynamics, they were designed to manage dynamic air pressure over their rear ends.
  • Increased demand is therefore placed on the cars’ braking efficiency, aerodynamics and engine power.

Derivatives

aerodynamicist

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈnaməsist/
noun
Example sentences
  • Well, I am originally an aerodynamicist - my Ph.D. was in an aerodynamics department.
  • The laws of physics aren't all that aerodynamicists deal with when they head to the wind tunnel.
  • While it's presently in the domain of engineers and aerodynamicists, they're working on a digital interface for designers.

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