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wind tunnel

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noun Aeronautics.
a tubular chamber or structure in which a steady current of air can be maintained at a controlled velocity, equipped with devices for measuring and recording forces and moments on scale models of complete aircraft or of their parts or, sometimes, on full-scale aircraft or their parts.
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Origin of wind tunnel

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15
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British Dictionary definitions for wind tunnel

wind tunnel
/ (wɪnd) /

noun
a chamber for testing the aerodynamic properties of aircraft, aerofoils, etc, in which a current of air can be maintained at a constant velocity
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Scientific definitions for wind tunnel

wind tunnel

A chamber through which air is blown at controlled speeds to simulate the motion of objects placed in the chamber through the air, used to study the aerodynamic properties of objects such as automobiles, airplanes, and missiles.
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