Pronunciation: (win'dij), [key]
1. the influence of the wind in deflecting a missile.
2. the amount of such deflection.
3. the degree to which a gunsight must be adjusted to correct for windage.
4. a difference between the diameter of a projectile and that of the gun bore, for the escape of gas and the prevention of friction.
5. Naut.that portion of a vessel's surface upon which the wind acts.
6. Mach.friction between a rotor and the air within its casing, as in an electric generator.
7. Elect.the resisting influence of air against the rotating armature of a dynamo, creating a power loss.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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