aileron

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Drawing of an airplane wing showing the aileron.

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Borrowing from French aileron, diminutive of aile (wing), also refers to the extremities of a bird's wings used to control their flight. It first appeared in print in the 7th edition of Cassell's French-English Dictionary of 1877, with its lead meaning of "small wing". In the context of powered airplanes it appears in print about 1908, in the French aviation journal L'Aérophile.

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aileron (plural ailerons)

  1. hinged part on trailing edge of an airplane wing. Used to control lateral turns.

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aileron m (plural ailerons)

  1. (anatomy) fin (of some fish)
  2. (anatomy) flipper (of penguins and other animals)
  3. Aileron.
  4. spoiler (of an automobile)

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