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parasite drag

noun, Aeronautics.
the component of drag caused by skin friction and the shape of the surfaces not contributing to lift.
Origin of parasite drag
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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parasite drag

the part of the drag on an aircraft that is contributed by nonlifting surfaces, such as fuselage, nacelles, etc Also called parasite resistance
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