[ sweep-bak ]
/ ˈswipˌbæk /
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the shape of, or the angle formed by, an airplane wing or other airfoil the leading or trailing edge of which slopes backward from the fuselage.
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Origin of sweepback
First recorded in 1915–20; noun use of verb phrase sweep back
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British Dictionary definitions for sweepback
/ (ˈswiːpˌbæk) /
the rearward inclination of a component or surface, such as an aircraft wing, fin, etc
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