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noun Aeronautics, Rocketry.

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.

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Also called heat barrier.

Origin of thermal barrier

First recorded in 1950–55
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thermal barrier

noun

an obstacle to flight at very high speeds as a result of the heating effect of air frictionAlso called: heat barrier
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