form drag

noun Physics.

the portion of the resisting force encountered by a body moving through a fluid that is due to the irregularity of shape of the body, reducible to a minimum by streamlining.

Nearby words

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Origin of form drag

First recorded in 1930–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for form drag

form drag


the drag on a body moving through a fluid as a result of the shape of the body. It can be reduced by streamlining
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