Definition of wind tunnel in US English:

wind tunnel


  • 1A tunnel-like apparatus for producing an airstream of known velocity past models of aircraft, buildings, or other solid objects in order to investigate flow or the effect of wind on the full-size object.

    • ‘The Wright brothers didn't just invent the airplane but they really also invented aeronautical engineering, and the wind tunnel and the airplane really are two halves of the invention.’
    • ‘Put that wing in a wind tunnel and measure the effect of various wind speeds and you have a simulation.’
    • ‘BAE Systems, with factories at Warton and Samlesbury, will work on aircraft structures and wind tunnel testing.’
    • ‘During that time, he set up MIT's pioneer course in aeronautical engineering - and constructed the most advanced wind tunnel in America.’
    • ‘The teams use scale models and wind tunnel testing to hone their developments.’
    • ‘During those short nine months, numerous then-revolutionary testing methods - including a wind tunnel, and a full-size fuselage mock-up - were undertaken.’
    • ‘The brothers fabricated their airframe and engine as well as the instruments they used to measure the craft's performance; they even made their own wind tunnel to test their wing and control techniques.’
    • ‘To arrive at our final choice, several comparative types were tested in the Lockheed wind tunnel, including the so-called laminar flow sections.’
    • ‘A former aircraft engineer, Sayer used the wind tunnel at RAF Farnborough to come up with a design that promised high-speed stability as well as low drag.’
    • ‘Before conversion work began at the Intracom plant at Smolensk, a scale model was tested in a wind tunnel at the Zhukovsky Institute in Moscow.’
    • ‘To test any new designs, the brothers took another huge step past the competition: They created a wind tunnel.’
    • ‘Investments such as the wind tunnel, new headquarters and Dayton Thermal will help the company meet a growing demand for its products in North America, say executives.’
    • ‘This sound mix is about as good as the transfer - there are a lot of instances where the dialogue, music, and effects sound as if they were recorded in a wind tunnel.’
    • ‘So if you look behind the façade of the track performance at the moment we see a lot of improvement within the organisational team and use of the wind tunnel as an effective tool.’
    • ‘His interest in aeronautics now had a real chance to become a research topic with the construction at Göttingen of a wind tunnel for the Zeppelin airship company.’
    • ‘Donal triumphs where others have failed, the first man to withstand hurricane force winds of 136 mph in a wind tunnel, parachuting through freezing air in the Arctic and swimming beneath the ice.’
    • ‘Hibbard listened to the young designer and sent Johnson and the model back to the wind tunnel for further testing.’
    • ‘The wind tunnel was upgraded at a cost of $18 million and reopened in 1999.’
    • ‘It is being tested in a wind tunnel at the Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma, Tenn.’
    • ‘The first week of training - called ground week - sends them to Fort Bragg where they become familiar with freefall stabilization in a wind tunnel.’
    1. 1.1 An open space through which strong winds are chaneled by surrounding tall buildings.
      • ‘It is treasured all the more because it was not built at public expense and it succeeds the much-despised wind tunnel that was Candlestick Park.’
      • ‘A key distinction is its east-west orientation that creates a wind tunnel effect, pulling heat from California's fertile Central Valley during the day and cool air from the Pacific Ocean at night.’
      • ‘All of a sudden the bolt on the back door broke and it flew open, creating a kind of wind tunnel.’
      • ‘The town's flat streets sit between two mountain ranges, and are battered by the wind tunnel they create.’


wind tunnel

/ˈwin(d) ˌtənl//ˈwɪn(d) ˌtənl/