See under loading(def 4).
Origin of wing loading
First recorded in 1910–15
Definition for wing loading (2 of 2)
[ loh-ding ]
/ ˈloʊ dɪŋ /
the act of a person or thing that loads.
Electricity. the process of adding reactance to a telephone circuit, radio antenna, etc.
Aeronautics. the ratio of the gross weight of an airplane to engine power (power loading), wing span (span loading), or wing area (wing loading).
Insurance. an addition to the net premium, to cover expenses and allow a margin for contingencies and profit.
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Examples from the Web for wing loading
The total weight was 1,500 lbs., giving a wing-loading of 14 lbs.A History of Aeronautics|E. Charles Vivian
British Dictionary definitions for wing loading (1 of 2)
/ (ˈləʊdɪŋ) /
a load or burden; weight
the addition of an inductance to electrical equipment, such as a transmission line or aerial, to improve its performanceSee loading coil
an addition to an insurance premium to cover expenses, provide a safer profit margin, etc
the ratio of the gross weight of an aircraft to its engine power (power loading), wing area (wing loading), or some other parameter, or of the gross weight of a helicopter to its rotor disc area (disc loading)
psychol the correlation of a factor, such as a personality trait, with a performance score derived from a psychological test
material, such as china clay or size, added to paper, textiles, or similar materials to produce a smooth surface, increase weight, etc
Australian and NZ a payment made in addition to a basic wage or salary to reward special skills, compensate for unfavourable conditions, etc
British Dictionary definitions for wing loading (2 of 2)
the total weight of an aircraft divided by its wing area
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Medicine definitions for wing loading
[ lō′dĭng ]
The administration of a substance for the purpose of testing metabolic function.
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