from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An auxiliary structure or the external surface of a vehicle, such as an aircraft, that serves to reduce drag.
- n. Chiefly British A gift, especially one bought or given at a fair.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of fair.
- n. A structure on various parts of a vehicle, for example an aircraft, automobile, or motorcycle, that produces a smooth exterior and reduces drag
- n. A present; originally, one given or purchased at a fair. (Uncommon)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A present; originally, one given or purchased at a fair.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A present bought or given at a fair, or brought from a fair.
- n. Ironically, something unpleasant bestowed as a gift.
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Encapsulating a payload in a fairing is easy and cleaner.
The side fairing is wonderfully asymmetrical, but how will they assimilate lighting into the front for the street version?
The fairing is a clamshell structure that encapsulates the satellite as it travels through the atmosphere.
Tell the bearer not to forget to bring me a fairing, which is some ginger-bread, sweetmeat, hunting-nuts, and a pocket-book.
That whole package will then be placed inside a protective shell called a fairing and eventually stacked atop the Atlas 5 rocket.
The rocket's "fairing" - an aerodynamic cone that's designed to separate during the trip into space - didn't come off as planned.
Anyway, the next big piece of safety equipment is going to be a protective shield, known as a fairing (a. k.a.-motorcycle windshield).
The front module (also called the fairing mount) in Buell's S2 model in
Unfortunately, due to budgetary constraints, the plan to have a protective cover, called a fairing, for the quike had to be scrapped.
On the other hand the "fairing" may just be enough.
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