Empennage meaning

ĕmpə-nĭj
The tail assembly of an aircraft, including the horizontal and vertical stabilizers, elevators, and rudder.
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The tail assembly of an airplane, consisting of vertical and horizontal stabilizers, and including the fin, rudder, and elevators.
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The feathers of an arrow or the tail fins of a bomb or rocket used to stabilize the longitudinal axis of the projectile parallel to the flight path.
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Origin of empennage

  • French feathers on an arrow, empennage from empenner to feather an arrow en- in en–1 penne feather (from Latin penna pet- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French, feathers of an arrow

    From Wiktionary