dive brake


noun Aeronautics.

a flap deployed from the wings or fuselage of an aircraft, as a dive bomber or sailplane, that increases drag to permit a relatively steep angle of descent without a dangerous buildup in speed.

Nearby words

  1. divaricate,
  2. divarication,
  3. divaricator,
  4. dive,
  5. dive bomber,
  6. dive table,
  7. dive-bomb,
  8. dive-bomber,
  9. divehi,
  10. divemaster

Origin of dive brake

First recorded in 1935–40

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British Dictionary definitions for dive brake

dive brake

noun

a flap or spoiler extended from the wings of a ground-attack aircraft for controlling a dive
another name for air brake
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