- A dome or other structure protecting radar equipment and made from material transparent to radio waves, especially one on the outer surface of an aircraft.
“The 1940s radomes are still standing on the military base.”
“The radome needs to be able to withstand a temperature range of -20 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.”
“The cover of the sci-fi novel shows a large radome and telescope on top of an observatory.”
Why this word?
The word “radome” is a portmanteau of the words “radar” and “dome” — it’s literally a dome that protects radar equipment. Radar technology was widely adopted in World War I, but it was still evolving. Figuring out how to protect the equipment from the elements, while still allowing signals to pass through the material, was a huge advancement in the technology. The word “radar” itself is an acronym for “radio detection and ranging.”
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