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slipstream

[slip-streem] /ˈslɪpˌstrim/
noun, Also, slip stream
1.
Aeronautics. the airstream pushed back by a revolving aircraft propeller.
Compare backwash (def 2), wash (def 31).
2.
the airstream generating reduced air pressure and forward suction directly behind a rapidly moving vehicle.
verb (used without object)
3.
to ride in the slipstream of a fast-moving vehicle.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; slip1 + stream
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Examples from the web for slipstream
  • Those with this trait thrive in a slipstream of thought that many can not understand.
  • We are, one starts to believe, starlings in the slipstream.
  • The hole is open to the slipstream, and the entire aircraft behind the mounting bulkhead is vented to the outside.
  • But they also reduce the wing's slipstream, an area of low-pressure turbulence that pulls back on the wing, and hence reduce drag.
  • slipstream effect at tail generated by a tractor propeller.
  • The second rider can stay in the slipstream of the first, thus experiencing significantly less wind drag than the first rider.
  • Four different catalyst materials will each treat one-fourth of the flue gas slipstream at each site.
British Dictionary definitions for slipstream

slipstream

/ˈslɪpˌstriːm/
noun
1.
Also called airstream, race
  1. the stream of air forced backwards by an aircraft propeller
  2. a stream of air behind any moving object
verb
2.
(motor racing) to follow (another car, etc) closely in order to take advantage of the decreased wind resistance immediately behind it
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Word Origin and History for slipstream
n.

also slip-stream, 1913, from slip (n.2) + stream (n.).

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