One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive (of an aircraft wing) positioned to point somewhat backward.‘a revolutionary type of airplane with swept-back wings’
- ‘The swept-back windscreen, striking front wings and rising shoulderline of the new car set the sporting tone.’
- ‘The Mi - 28A has small swept-back, mid-mounted stub-wings with four suspension units.’
- ‘Both the BIB bomber and F - 14 fighter plane pivot their wings from outstretched to swept-back positions.’
- ‘This second object was a much larger craft than the Cessna; in fact the nose of it extended much farther forward of the small swept-back wings than the Cessna.’
- ‘Six Allison J35-2 turbojet engines slung in pods beneath the swept-back wings gave the prototype Stratojet nimble performance, and helped to validate a design concept still widely used today.’
- ‘The A380 can operate on existing runways because, with its swept-back wings, it takes up only slightly more space than a 747.’
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