angle of incidence

  1. Also called incidence. Optics, Physics. the angle that a straight line, ray of light, etc., meeting a surface, makes with a normal to the surface at the point of meeting.
  2. (on an airplane) the angle, usually fixed, between a wing or tail root chord and the axis of the fuselage.
  3. Chiefly British. angle of attack(def 1).

Origin of angle of incidence

First recorded in 1620–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for angle of incidence

angle of incidence

  1. the angle that a line or beam of radiation makes with the normal to the surface at the point of incidence
  2. another name for angle of attack
  3. Also called: rigging angle of incidence the angle between the chord line of an aircraft wing or tailplane and the aircraft's longitudinal axis
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angle of incidence in Science

angle of incidence

  1. The angle formed by a ray or wave, as of light or sound, striking a surface and a line perpendicular to the surface at the point of impact.
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