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tailwind

[ teyl-wind ]
/ ˈteɪlˌwɪnd /
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noun
a wind coming from directly behind a moving object, especially an aircraft or other vehicle (opposed to headwind).
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Origin of tailwind

First recorded in 1895–1900; tail1 + wind1
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British Dictionary definitions for tailwind

tailwind
/ (ˈteɪlˌwɪnd) /

noun
a wind blowing in the same direction as the course of an aircraft or shipCompare headwind
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