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lifting body[′lift·iŋ ‚bäd·ē]
A maneuverable, rocket-propelled, wingless craft that can travel both in the earth's atmosphere, where its lift results from its shape, and in outer space, and that can land on the ground.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Any body or shape of a fuselage of an aircraft that produces lift. If it is the main or chief source for lift, such a device can fly without wings. Hypersonic aircraft and spacecraft use lifting bodies.
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