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.

Origin of fairing

First recorded in 1910–15; fair1 + -ing1

Definition for fairing (2 of 2)

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 forms

fair·ness, noun

Can be confused

fair far fare
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British Dictionary definitions for fairing (1 of 4)

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

British Dictionary definitions for fairing (2 of 4)

fairing

2
/ (ˈfɛərɪŋ) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for fairing (3 of 4)

Derived Forms

fairness, noun

Word Origin for fair

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

British Dictionary definitions for fairing (4 of 4)

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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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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