The rear portion, or complete tail unit, of an airplane. The empennage stabilizes the airplane in flight and causes it to rotate about its vertical and lateral axes.

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  • empennage — [ ɑ̃penaʒ ] n. m. • 1832; de empenner 1 ♦ Action, manière d empenner (les flèches). 2 ♦ (1907) Surfaces placées (comme une empenne) à l arrière des ailes ou de la queue d un avion, d une fusée, d un dirigeable, et destinées à lui donner de la… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • empennage — [em′pə nij΄, em pen′ij΄; em΄pə näzh′, äm΄pə näzh′] n. [Fr < OFr empenner, to feather an arrow < em , in + penne, a feather: see PEN] the tail assembly of an airplane, consisting of vertical and horizontal stabilizers, and including the fin …   English World dictionary

  • Empennage —  Pour l’article homophone, voir empannage. Article principal : Configuration générale d un aéronef. Empennage d une fléchette. Originellement, les flèches et fléchettes étaient stabilis …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Empennage en V — Article principal : Morphologie d un aéronef. Fouga Magister (1952) L empennage en V d un avion est un empennage où la gouverne de profondeur et la dérive de direction sont remplacées par deux surfaces en forme de V quand on regarde l… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Empennage — thumb|350px|Various empennage arrangements: 1. Horizontal stabilizers on top of single vertical stabilizer 2.Ruddervators 3.Horizontal stabilizers placed midway up vertical stabilizer 4. Double fins connected to fuselage by horizontal stabilizer… …   Wikipedia

  • empennage — noun Etymology: French, feathers of an arrow, empennage, from empenner to feather an arrow, from em 1en + penne feather, from Middle French more at pen Date: 1909 the tail assembly of an airplane …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • empennage — /ahm peuh nahzh , em /; Fr. /ahonn pe nannzh /, n., pl. empennages / nah zhiz/; Fr. / nannzh /. the rear part of an airplane or airship, usually comprising the stabilizer, elevator, vertical fin, and rudder. [1905 10; < F: lit., feathering, equiv …   Universalium

  • empennage — noun a) The tail assembly of an aircraft. b) The feathers of an arrow or the tail fins of a bomb or rocket used to stabilize the longitudinal axis of the projectile …   Wiktionary

  • empennage — em·pen·nage || ɪm penɪdÊ’ n. tail of an airplane (or other aircraft) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • empennage — [ɛm pɛnɪdʒ] noun Aeronautics an arrangement of stabilizing surfaces at the tail of an aircraft. Origin early 20th cent.: from Fr., from empenner to feather an arrow , from em in + penne a feather …   English new terms dictionary

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