Definition of canard in English:

canard

noun

  • 1An unfounded rumor or story.

    ‘the old canard that LA is a cultural wasteland’
    • ‘It reminds me of the old canard, ‘If you're such a skeptic, why aren't you skeptical about skepticism?’’
    • ‘He finds the author to be engaged in ‘blatant historical revisionism,’ recycling canards and misleading his readers.’
    • ‘It is a hoary canard - long-practiced intelligence disinformation - that naming these persons places their life in jeopardy.’
    • ‘Dembski justifies his Scriptura sub scientia approach by raising the tired old canard about geocentrism.’
    • ‘Once again, old canards are circulating about whether Catholicism is compatible with American democracy.’
    • ‘Furthermore, Polanyi continues the old anti-capitalist canard that the Industrial Revolution was made possible by the enclosure movement, which supposedly drove sturdy yeomen off their lands, and into the cities.’
    • ‘As for the ‘spare capacity’ argument, this is another old canard.’
    • ‘The oldest canard in the book is the one about how getting the first big win is the hardest bit, and after that they just fall into your lap like autumn leaves.’
    • ‘Brief, chatty and digestible, the book should refute the old canard that economics is dismal.’
    • ‘Then how does it behove a government bound by the Constitution and laws to spread such lies and canards day in and day out about the educational institutions of the country's largest religious minority?’
    • ‘I would quibble, however, with the old canard that the Romans never invented anything - it is always those much cleverer Greeks who got there first.’
    • ‘Tan seems not to realize that this old canard about the Inuit having 32 different words for snow, or whatever the number, is pure myth.’
    • ‘And it's an old canard, but it's true: in most elections, most people don't vote.’
    • ‘If anything proves the old canard that most psychiatrists are crazier than their patients, it is the egregious Finch.’
    • ‘There are indeed problems in graphic design education, and one of them is the lack of emphasis on basic writing and research skills, but the old canard about illiterate designers simply perpetuates an incorrect stereotype.’
    • ‘Tim Blair has a wonderful dissection of the old canard about how offensive things are good because they ‘make you think’.’
    • ‘As for the old canard that Europe's bloodiest wars were the wars of religion, no serious student of the carnage of the twentieth century can credit that.’
    • ‘Most of the rest of the interview is the same old canards, misleading talking points, ad hominems, undefined terms, self-contradictions, and so forth.’
    • ‘Where he ventures to substantiate his canard (if canards can at all be substantiated), he falls flat on his face.’
    • ‘However, having disposed of a few canards, he weakens his own case by his willingness to advance the best possible interpretation of Nelson's actions on almost every occasion.’
    piece of gossip, report, story, whisper
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  • 2A small winglike projection attached to an aircraft forward of the main wing to provide extra stability or control, sometimes replacing the tail.

    • ‘To reduce the wing trim drag, the fuselage was fitted with lateral surfaces called chines, which actually converted the forward fuselage into a fixed canard which developed lift.’
    • ‘The canards, spring-opening tailfin assembly, telemetry package, roll bearing, missile skin sections, and wiring harnesses were designed and fabricated by the same company.’
    • ‘Each included a laser seeker, guidance unit, control canards bolted to the bomb's nose, and enlarged tail fins bolted to the rear.’
    • ‘The all-moving and small-area trapezoidal canards are connected to the leading-edge root extensions.’
    • ‘Small canards on the nose and a T-tail add stability.’
    • ‘Another derivative on the drawing board would put a guidance computer on the tail of the round along with steering canards on the nose.’
    • ‘Many of their innovations - such as canards, boundary layer control, sweptwings, variable wings, jet engines, and more - are widely used today and accepted as industry standards.’
    • ‘At high angles of attack, first the canard came into stall, which caused the aircraft to pitch down its nose and decrease the angle before the main wing came into stall.’
    • ‘For starters, he explains, the wide head acts ‘like a canard,’ providing lift and making the shark a more agile swimmer.’
    • ‘We realized the missile wasn't going anywhere, but the canards and the seeker head began to move.’
    • ‘North American built the Hound Dog with a canard, a delta wing configuration, an underslung J52 engine, and a self-contained inertial autonavigational guidance system.’
    • ‘The Lockheed Martin GMLRS rocket has a GPS (global positioning system) and inertial guidance package and small canards on the rocket nose to enhance accuracy.’
    • ‘For example, the head and fins ahead of the center of mass, like canards, can create large torques, when small errors in their attitudes can rapidly destabilize swimming trajectories.’
    • ‘It was a Z - 42 alright, with the same canards on the nose giving it the ‘Hammerhead’ profile that it was famous for.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French, literally ‘duck’, also ‘hoax’, from Old French caner ‘to quack’.

Pronunciation

canard

/kəˈnär(d)//kəˈnɑr(d)/