laminar wing

laminar wing

[′lam·ə·nər ′wiŋ]
(aerospace engineering)
A low-drag wing in which the distribution of thickness along the chord is so selected as to maintain laminar flow over as much of the wing surface as possible.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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