noun, plural af·ter·bod·ies.
Nautical. the portion of a ship's hull aft of the middle body.
Aeronautics. the rear part of an aircraft's fuselage.
Rocketry. the part of a guided missile behind the nose cone, usually unprotected against reentry heat.
Origin of afterbody
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noun plural -bodies
any discarded part that continues to trail a satellite, rocket, etc, in orbit
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