air dam

noun

Definition of air dam

: a device attached to the underside of the front of an automobile to improve stability, aerodynamic performance, and engine cooling by redirecting the flow of air

Examples of air dam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While more than 1,000 units of the 3.0 CSL were made, only 167 of the final road-going 3.2-liter cars were delivered with the Bat costume, including the front air dam, fender strakes, basket-handle roof spoiler and enormous rear wing. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 18 Oct. 2021 The suspension lift raises the truck 1.0-inch, and the package also includes the removal of the front air dam and the addition of skid plates for the front and middle of the underbody. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 14 July 2021 Trail Editions are also raised up—1.1 inches in the front and a half-inch out back—and along with the removal of the front air dam allows for a 2.0-degree increase at approach. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 2 June 2021 The highest impact ice event of that winter unfolded Feb. 10-11, with a massive cold air dam that stretched east of the Appalachians from Maine to Georgia. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2020 The Appalachian Mountains often trap the dense, icy air layer, known as a cold air dam, while Atlantic winds usher in a milder air mass that glides up and over the top. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2020 The exhaust pipe is a little bigger in diameter, and the wing mirror surrounds are glossy black, as are the air dam, spoiler, and the 18-inch wheels. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 20 Nov. 2020 Standard active grille shutters will boost fuel efficiency, and an active front air dam will lower at 40 mph, retracting partially at lower speeds and completely for off-roading. cleveland, 4 July 2020 Standard active grille shutters will boost fuel efficiency, and an active front air dam will lower at 40 mph, retracting partially at lower speeds and completely for off-roading. cleveland, 4 July 2020

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First Known Use of air dam

1970, in the meaning defined above

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28 Oct 2021

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“Air dam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/air%20dam. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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