fairing

[ fair-ing ]
/ ˈfɛər ɪŋ /

noun

a structure on the exterior of an aircraft or boat, for reducing drag.
a structure, as a rigid, transparent, plastic sheet, at the front of a motorcycle, bicycle, etc., for deflecting wind and rain.

Nearby words

  1. fairfax,
  2. fairfield,
  3. fairground,
  4. fairhaven,
  5. fairily,
  6. fairish,
  7. fairlead,
  8. fairly,
  9. fairmont,
  10. fairness

Origin of fairing

First recorded in 1910–15; fair1 + -ing1

Origin of fair

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English fæger; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German fagar, Old Norse fagr, Gothic fagrs

SYNONYMS FOR fair
1. Fair, impartial, disinterested, unprejudiced refer to lack of bias in opinions, judgments, etc. Fair implies the treating of all sides alike, justly and equitably: a fair compromise. Impartial, like fair, implies showing no more favor to one side than another, but suggests particularly a judicial consideration of a case: an impartial judge. Disinterested implies a fairness arising particularly from lack of desire to obtain a selfish advantage: The motives of her guardian were entirely disinterested. Unprejudiced means not influenced or swayed by bias, or by prejudice caused by irrelevant considerations: an unprejudiced decision. 4. passable, tolerable, average, middling. 8. open, clear, unencumbered. 10. clean, spotless, pure, untarnished, unsullied, unstained. 11. legible, distinct. 12. blond, pale. 13. pretty, comely, lovely. 15. polite, gracious.

Related formsfair·ness, noun

Can be confusedfair far fare

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British Dictionary definitions for fairing

fairing

1
/ (ˈfɛərɪŋ) /

noun

an external metal structure fitted around parts of an aircraft, car, vessel, etc, to reduce dragAlso called: fillet Compare cowling

Word Origin for fairing

C20: fair 1 + -ing 1

noun

archaic a present, esp from a fair
a sweet circular biscuit made with butter
Derived Formsfairness, noun

Word Origin for fair

Old English fæger; related to Old Norse fagr, Old Saxon, Old High German fagar, Gothic fagrs suitable

fair

2
/ (fɛə) /

noun

a travelling entertainment with sideshows, rides, etc, esp one that visits places at the same time each year
a gathering of producers of and dealers in a given class of products to facilitate businessa book fair
an event including amusements and the sale of goods, esp for a charity; bazaar
a regular assembly at a specific place for the sale of goods, esp livestock

Word Origin for fair

C13: from Old French feire, from Late Latin fēria holiday, from Latin fēriae days of rest: related to festus festal

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Word Origin and History for fairing
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Idioms and Phrases with fairing

fair

In addition to the idioms beginning with fair

  • fair and square
  • fair enough
  • fair game
  • fair play
  • fair sex
  • fair shake, a
  • fair to middling
  • fairy godmother

also see:

  • all's fair in love and war
  • play fair
  • turnabout is fair play
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