parasite drag

noun or parasite resistance
: the portion of the drag of an airplane that does not include the induced drag of the wings

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Aeron.
the component of drag caused by skin friction and the shape of the surfaces not contributing to lift.
[1925-30]

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parasite drag,
the drag caused by skin friction and the shape of those surfaces of an aircraft which do not contribute lift, such as the fuselage, nacelles, and ducts.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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