fairing

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fairing

  1. present participle of fair

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fairing (plural fairings)

  1. A structure on various parts of a vehicle, for example an aircraft, automobile, or motorcycle, that produces a smooth exterior and reduces drag
  2. (rare) A present; originally, one given or purchased at a fair.
  3. (Scotland, England, obsolete) Something edible; fare.
    • 1791, Robert Burns, Tam O’Shanter, New York: K. Tompkins, 1874,[1]
      Ah, Tam! ah, Tam! thoul’ll get thy fairin’!
      In hell they’ll roast thee like a herrin’!
    • 1857, Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown’s School Days, Part I, Chapter 2,[2]
      [] the ground [] was already being occupied by the “cheap Jacks,” with their green-covered carts and marvellous assortment of wares; and the booths of more legitimate small traders, with their tempting arrays of fairings and eatables; and penny peep-shows and other shows, containing pink-eyed ladies, and dwarfs, and boa-constrictors, and wild Indians.

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