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View synonyms for thermal barrier

thermal barrier

noun

, Aeronautics, Rocketry.
  1. the high temperatures produced by the friction between a supersonic object and the earth's atmosphere that limit the speed of an airplane or rocket.


thermal barrier

noun

  1. an obstacle to flight at very high speeds as a result of the heating effect of air friction Also calledheat barrier


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Origin of thermal barrier1

First recorded in 1950–55

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