Definition of empennage in English:


Syllabification: em·pen·nage
Pronunciation: /ˌämpəˈnäZH, ˈempanij


  • An arrangement of stabilizing surfaces at the tail of an aircraft.
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    • The gunner never had a chance as the whole empennage of the aircraft had separated resulting in the bomber spinning out of control.
    • The empennage boom formed a tail cone to the aft beam.
    • The empennage was built integral with the fuselage to ensure absolute rigidity.


early 20th century: from French, from empenner 'to feather an arrow', from em- 'in' + penne 'a feather' (from Latin penna).

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