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Daemon
Posted: Monday, November 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM
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empennage

(noun) The rear part of an aircraft.

Synonyms: tail

Usage: The pop superstar is so vain that she had her likeness plastered across her private jet's empennage.
Brandon G Oliva
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i dont understand the usage part.
thar
Posted: Monday, November 30, 2020 8:59:02 AM

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The tail.

For historical reasons, some parts of an aircraft have retained French names - but empennage is not a common word in English, outside the aviation world.


Quote:
fuselage = long and narrow, tapering at both ends.

Etymology
Borrowed from French fuselage, from fuselé (“spindle-shaped”), from Old French *fus (“spindle”), from Latin fusus (“spindle”). So named for its shape; in English since 1909.



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empennage

The tail assembly of an aircraft.
The feathers of an arrow or the tail fins of a bomb or rocket used to stabilize the longitudinal axis of the projectile parallel to the flight path.

French empennage (“feathers of an arrow”)


Like a pen, which used to be made from a feather.


So an aeroplane is a spindle with fletching feathers at the back.







In the example sentence I think they mean the tail fin - the vertical stabiliser. Not the whole empennage.



Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Monday, November 30, 2020 10:00:59 AM

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The pronunciation of this word is not what I thought it was. Good to know.
Ajike Omooba
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The tail assembly of an aircraft, including the horizontal and vertical stabilizers, elevators, and rudder.
Emel Rapchan
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