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

  • n. The rearmost edge of a moving structure, such as an airfoil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The rearmost edge of a wing or other airfoil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A following edge. See advancing edge, above.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the rear edge of an airfoil


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  • One of the Elders from Soonrisa came forward, knelt, and kissed the trailing edge of her skirt.

    New Race

  • Instantaneously, he thought about the loss of the small fuel tank at the tip of his right wing the “tip tank”, plus the serious damage to his starboard aileron, the moveable control surface attached to the trailing edge of the wing.

    First Man

  • She was alive, yet still earth-bound as she taxied slowly to the extremity of the flying field and headed into the wind, her nose slanting into the air and her pilot seated in his strange new office atop her graceful wings, the leading edge straight, the trailing edge tapering to a rounded tip.

    The HurricaneStory


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