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adjective Aeronautics.
  1. (of the leading edge of an airfoil) forming a markedly obtuse angle with the fuselage.
  2. (of an aircraft or winged missile) having wings of this type.

Origin of sweptback

First recorded in 1915–20; adj. use of verb phrase swept back
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British Dictionary definitions for sweptback


  1. (of an aircraft wing) having leading edge and trailing edges inclined backwards towards the rear of the fuselage
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