sweptback

[swept-bak]

adjective Aeronautics.

(of the leading edge of an airfoil) forming a markedly obtuse angle with the fuselage.
(of an aircraft or winged missile) having wings of this type.

Nearby words

  1. swelteringly,
  2. sweltry,
  3. swenson,
  4. swept,
  5. swept volume,
  6. sweptwing,
  7. swerve,
  8. sweven,
  9. sweyn,
  10. swff

Origin of sweptback

First recorded in 1915–20; adj. use of verb phrase swept back

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British Dictionary definitions for sweptback

sweptback

adjective

(of an aircraft wing) having leading edge and trailing edges inclined backwards towards the rear of the fuselage
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