• WordNet 3.6
    • n aileron an airfoil that controls lateral motion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Aileron A half gable, as at the end of a penthouse or of the aisle of a church.
    • Aileron (Aëronautics) A small plane or surface capable of being manipulated by the pilot of a flying machine to control lateral balance; a hinged wing tip; a lateral stabilizing or balancing plane.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aileron Same as ailette.
    • n aileron In architecture, that piece of the end wall, as of nave or transept, which covers the end of the aisle-roof. It resembles a wing of the main or central structure.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., dim. of aile, wing


In literature:

Don't slack this, or some gusty day the pilot may unexpectedly find himself minus the aileron control.
"The Aeroplane Speaks" by H. Barber
Two movable ailerons, or balancing planes, are placed at the extreme ends of the upper planes.
"Flying Machines" by W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Bland eased on the power, glancing unconsciously to the right and left ailerons, as he always did when he started.
"Skyrider" by B. M. Bower
See "Stabilizer'" and "Wing tip" and compare "Aileron.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
Don't slack this, or some gusty day the pilot may unexpectedly find himself minus the aileron control.
"The Aeroplane Speaks" by H. Barber
Aileron: the scale covering the base of primaries in some insects; see tegulae in Diptera = alula and squama, q.v.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
On its side an airplane will cushion its own bank of proper degree by the use of ailerons.
"Opportunities in Aviation" by Arthur Sweetser
In the operation of his ailerons, combined with the use of his elevator, a pilot is given means to balance his craft while in flight.
"Learning to Fly" by Claude Grahame-White
Nevertheless he turned and, banking his wings and lifting the ailerons, moved smoothly in the direction suggested.
"Battling the Clouds" by Captain Frank Cobb
One could make out struts, an aileron's trailing edge.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various

In news:

The Scripps Research Institute and Aileron Therapeutics entered an agreement that will add Scripps Research's Click chemistry to Aileron 's stabilized peptide and protein technology platforms.
Stapled peptides are a result of Aileron 's peptide stabilization technology, which locks peptides into their biologically active shape, mimicking the structures found in nature.
This process captures the best features of both small molecules and therapeutic proteins, according to Aileron .
Senior Editor Edward Loh tries to figure out the purpose of the 2009 Spyker Aileron by drivng it along some winding roads and then taking it to the track for some hot laps.
What's The Flap Over The Aileron .
In that piece, we covered all the basics of the car, from the brand's Dutch roots and quirky airplane-influenced style to the Aileron 's turned aluminum dash and $50-a-pop toggle switches.
During a crosswind takeoff, decrease the aileron input as you accumulate speed.
Control surfaces on aircraft — the moving elevators, flaps , and ailerons on the trailing edges of the wings and tail — have long been used by pilots to control a plane's pitch, roll, low-speed lift, and climb or descent rates.
Discuss with students the meaning of the following terms: control surfaces, wing warping, elevator, rudder, and aileron.
So, after wrapping up the wing and ailerons, lets move on to the fuselage .
Photo shows hail damage to the top of Aluminum Overcast 's right aileron.
Wider view shows expensive damage to the right aileron.
Rolling is a maneuver normally requiring relatively huge ailerons, flaperons or spoilers, but microflaps offer an alternative.
Aileron expands into endocrine, metabolic diseases.
Shoddy Maintenance Blamed for King Air Aileron Problems.