[ahm-puh-nahzh, em-; French ahn-pe-nazh]
noun, plural em·pen·nag·es [ahm-puh-nah-zhiz, em-; French ahn-pe-nazh] /ˌɑm pəˈnɑ ʒɪz, ˌɛm-; French ɑ̃ pɛˈnaʒ/.
the rear part of an airplane or airship, usually comprising the stabilizer, elevator, vertical fin, and rudder.
Origin of empennage
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Related Words for empennagerear, butt, rudder, buttocks, end, reverse, extremity, train, behind, stub, appendage, posterior, tag, tush, rump, conclusion, tailpiece, empennage, wagger
Examples from the Web for empennage
Historical Examples of empennage
The loose end of his leggin was caught in the wires of the empennage.
Bill gave him a lift and Breene was soon sitting on the empennage almost entirely out of the water.
the rear part of an aircraft, comprising the fin, rudder, and tailplane
Word Origin for empennage
C20: from French: feathering, from empenner to feather an arrow, from penne feather, from Latin pinna
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