Definition of wind tunnel in English:

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wind tunnel

Pronunciation: /ˈwin(d) ˌtənl/

noun

1A tunnel-like apparatus for producing an airstream of known velocity past models of aircraft, buildings, etc., in order to investigate flow or the effect of wind on the full-size object.
Example sentences
  • During those short nine months, numerous then-revolutionary testing methods - including a wind tunnel, and a full-size fuselage mock-up - were undertaken.
  • Hibbard listened to the young designer and sent Johnson and the model back to the wind tunnel for further testing.
  • Put that wing in a wind tunnel and measure the effect of various wind speeds and you have a simulation.
1.1An open space through which strong winds are channeled by surrounding tall buildings.
Example sentences
  • All of a sudden the bolt on the back door broke and it flew open, creating a kind of wind tunnel.
  • A key distinction is its east-west orientation that creates a wind tunnel effect, pulling heat from California's fertile Central Valley during the day and cool air from the Pacific Ocean at night.
  • It is treasured all the more because it was not built at public expense and it succeeds the much-despised wind tunnel that was Candlestick Park.

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Syllabification: wind tun·nel

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