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laminar flow

noun, Hydraulics, Mechanics
the flow of a viscous fluid in which particles of the fluid move in parallel layers, each of which has a constant velocity but is in motion relative to its neighboring layers.
1945-50 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for laminar flow
  • If you start with a low flow rate, you can maintain a laminar flow while you increase the rate.
  • In fact, only the airflow over the root resembles a conventional laminar flow.
  • In laminar flow, the fluid moves in layers called laminas.
  • The flow is considered to be fully developed laminar flow with constant physical properties.
British Dictionary definitions for laminar flow

laminar flow

nonturbulent motion of a fluid in which parallel layers have different velocities relative to each other Compare turbulent flow See also streamline flow
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laminar flow in Science
laminar flow
Smooth, orderly movement of a fluid, in which there is no turbulence, and any given subcurrent moves more or less in parallel with any other nearby subcurrent. Laminar flow is common in viscous fluids, especially those moving at low velocities. Compare turbulent flow.
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