windage

windage
wind•age
[[t]ˈwɪn dɪdʒ[/t]] n.
1) rkt the influence of the wind in deflecting a missile
2) rkt the amount of such deflection
3) the degree to which a gunsight must be adjusted to correct for windage
4) the difference between the diameter of a projectile and that of the gun bore, to allow for the escape of gas and the prevention of friction
5) naut. that portion of a ship's surface upon which the wind acts
6) mac friction between a rotor and the air within its casing, as in an electric generator
Etymology: 1700–10

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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