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[slip-streem] /ˈslɪpˌstrim/
noun, Also, slip stream
Aeronautics. the airstream pushed back by a revolving aircraft propeller.
Compare backwash (def 2), wash (def 31).
the airstream generating reduced air pressure and forward suction directly behind a rapidly moving vehicle.
verb (used without object)
to ride in the slipstream of a fast-moving vehicle.
Origin of slipstream
1910-15; slip1 + stream Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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


Also called airstream, race
  1. the stream of air forced backwards by an aircraft propeller
  2. a stream of air behind any moving object
(motor racing) to follow (another car, etc) closely in order to take advantage of the decreased wind resistance immediately behind it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for slipstream

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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