from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nautical A device used to fair the lines of an underwater fitting.
  • n. Nautical The bridge and conning tower on a submarine.

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  • n. A device that improves the streamlining of a vessel


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  • Sir, the fairwater planes are up five degrees, coming to one hundred feet. '

    The Sum of all Fears

  • Throughout the four-hour run the wounded submarine had sounded like a wagonload of pipes, and McCafferty didn't want to think about how she had handled, with her fairwater planes hanging like laundry in a breeze.

    Red Storm Rising

  • The sub suffered damage to its propeller, the fairwater plane, the rudder and the housing for the towed sonar array.

  • "Communications is gone, fire-control is gone, fairwater planes gone.

    Red Storm Rising


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