streamline


streamline
A shape or design calculated to decrease wind resistance, particularly in reference to aircraft, motor vehicles, railroad cars, and watercraft. Streamline in the planning of bodies of airplanes, boats, automobiles, and railroad cars, is a design which will result in uninterrupted flow of the air or water about the body, instead of an eddying or turbulent motion. A streamlined body offers the least possible resistance to the fluid, and permits the current which it breaks simply to reunite in its wake, without the retarding or dragging eddies and turbulence created by partial vacuum in the wake of a non-streamlined body. The streamline design is typically a long ellipse, tapering to a point; it is illustrated in the cross-section of an airplane wing, and in a bird's and a fish's body. Forman v American Express Co. (DC NY) 37 F Supp 82.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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