parafoil

[ par-uh-foil ]
/ ˈpær əˌfɔɪl /

noun

a structure, usually made of a strong yet light fabric, having a shape similar to that of an airplane wing, and used as a kite or a parachute.

Nearby words

  1. paraffine,
  2. paraffinic,
  3. paraffinize,
  4. paraffinoid,
  5. paraffinoma,
  6. parafollicular cell,
  7. paraform,
  8. paraformaldehyde,
  9. paraganglioma,
  10. paraganglion

Origin of parafoil


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British Dictionary definitions for parafoil

parafoil

/ (ˈpærəˌfɔɪl) /

noun

a nonrigid aerofoil inflated by the wind, used in kites and paragliders

Word Origin for parafoil

C20: para (chute) + (aero) foil

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