Trail vs Afterbody - What's the difference?

trail | afterbody |

As a proper noun trail

is a city in british columbia.

As a noun afterbody is

the afterpart of a vehicle.




(en verb)
  • (label) To follow behind (someone or something); to tail (someone or something).
  • (label) To drag (something) behind on the ground.
  • * 1922 , (Virginia Woolf), (w, Jacob's Room) Chapter 1
  • "I saw your brother—I saw your brother," he said, nodding his head, as Archer lagged past him, trailing his spade, and scowling at the old gentleman in spectacles.
  • (label) To leave (a trail of).
  • (label) To show a trailer of (a film, TV show etc.); to release or publish a preview of (a report etc.) in advance of the full publication.
  • To be losing, to be behind in a competition.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=December 29, author=Keith Jackson, work=Daily Record
  • , title= SPL: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 , passage=Neil Lennon and his players have, in almost no time at all, roared back from trailing Rangers by 15 points in November to ending the year two points clear.}}
  • (label) To carry (a firearm) with the breech near the ground and the upper part inclined forward, the piece being held by the right hand near the middle.
  • To flatten (grass, etc.) by walking through it; to tread down.
  • (Longfellow)
  • (label) To take advantage of the ignorance of; to impose upon.
  • * (1816-1855)
  • I presently perceived she was (what is vernacularly termed) trailing Mrs. Dent; that is, playing on her ignorance.

    Derived terms

    * trailer * trail off


    (en noun)
  • The track or indication marking the route followed by something that has passed, such as the footprints of animal on land or the contrail of an airplane in the sky.
  • A route for travel over land, especially a narrow, unpaved pathway for use by hikers, horseback riders, etc.
  • A trailer broadcast on television for a forthcoming film or programme.
  • Synonyms

    * (track of an animal) spoor, sign * (route for travel over land) dirt track, footpath, path, track

    Derived terms

    * condensation trail, contrail * paper trail * sawdust trail * star trail * trail bike * trailblazer (see blazer) * trailblazing * trail mix * vapo(u)r trail

    See also

    * path * track


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    Alternative forms

    * after body


  • The afterpart of a vehicle.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=2005 , author=Erik M. Conway , title=High-speed dreams: NASA and the technopolitics of supersonic transportation, 1945-1999 , chapter=1 , isbn=080188067X , page=34 , passage=North American [Aviation] (NAA) added six General Electric X279 engines to the large, flat afterbody and turned the "wedge" into a pair of two-dimensional variable-geometry air inlets to feed the engines, and it fleshed out the vexing problem of what to build the plane out of using the experience it had gained working on the Navaho missile's structure.}}
  • (nautical) The part of a vessel abaft midships.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1754 , author=Mungo Murray , title=A treatise on ship-building and navigation , chapter=6 , page=45 , passage=After the diagonals are drawn in the plane of the projection, the ribbands may be laid down in the horizontal plane, and from thence all the other frames may be laid down in the plane of projection, in the very same manner that the horizontal ribbands and the frames for the afterbody were laid down.}}
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1882 , author=John Wilson Danenhower , title=Lieutenant Danenhower's Narrative of the "Jeannette" , page=32 , passage=As well as could be judged by looking down through the water under the counters, there was no injury whatever to the afterbody of the ship.}}
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1977 , author=John Nicholas Newman , title=Marine Hydrodynamics , chapter=7 , isbn=0262140268 , page=343 , passage=The extension of slender-body theory to account for the interaction of the afterbody with vortex sheets shed upstream has been carried out by Newman and Wu (1973) in the general case where the local lateral velocity of the body differs from the downwash of the trailing vortices.}}
  • (astronomy) A companion body that trails a satellite or spacecraft.
  • (astronautics) A section or piece of a launch vehicle, rocket, or spacecraft that enters the atmosphere unprotected behind the nose cone or other body that is protected for entry.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=2000 , author=David M. Harland , title=Jupiter odyssey: the story of NASA's Galileo mission , chapter=6 , isbn=1852333014 , page=105 , passage=After two minutes of aerodynamic breaking — now some 400 kilometres below the entry interface, and with the probe having slowed to the speed of sound — a mortar was programmed to deploy the small drogue into the slipstream, and once the drogue had slowed the probe to 430 kilometres per hour the afterbody shield was to be released so that the 2.5-metre wide dacron main parachute could be deployed.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=2004
  • , author=Michael Douglas Griffin and James R. French , title=Space vehicle design , chapter=6 , isbn=1563475391 , page=299 , passage=However, turbulent flow along the vehicle afterbody can under some conditions produce a comparable or greater heat flux.}}

    See also

    * forebody * middle body