windage [win′dij]
1. the disturbance of air around a moving projectile
a) the deflection of a projectile by the effects of the wind
b) the degree of this
c) in aiming a gun, the degree of adjustment of the wind gauge to compensate for such deflection
3. the space between the inside wall of the barrel of a firearm and its projectile, to allow for the expansion of gas in firing, as measured by the difference in diameters of the bore and projectile
4. the part of a ship's surface exposed to the wind

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