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ablator

[ a-bley-ter ]
/ æˈbleɪ tər /
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noun Aerospace.

See under ablation (def. 3).

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Origin of ablator

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British Dictionary definitions for ablator

ablator
/ (æbˈleɪtə) /

noun

the heat shield of a space vehicle, which melts or wears away during re-entry into the earth's atmosphere

Word Origin for ablator

C20: from ablation
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