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 Air hitting the front of the car at speed is now redirected thanks to self-closing grill flaps and air dams located near the tires, both of which help reduce drag by six percent over the old e-tron models. Marco Della Cava, Robb Report, 6 June 2023 Air is picked up by a four-inch-diameter duct just above the front air dam, flows unimpeded to the carburetor, where fuel is added, and then turns through 90 degrees in the plenum to enter the turbo compressor in a horizontal stream. Don Sherman, Car and Driver, 1 May 2023 There’s also the reshaped lower air dam, unique 20-inch wheels and, naturally, the absence of exhausts at the rear. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 23 Mar. 2023 The bizarre downward slope of the air dam's side panels, for example, does for the 164S what extra eyeliner does for Tammy Faye Bakker. John Phillips, Car and Driver, 10 Mar. 2023 New slits in the front air dam increase cooling airflow to the front brakes. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 1 Feb. 2023 Released in 2005, the RGT 3.8 is based on the 997 GT3 and features Ruf bodywork, including carbon-fiber panels, kevlar doors and a polyurethane front air dam. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 1 July 2022 The biggest differentiating factor is the air dam below the front bumper on non-TRD Pro models. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 15 Nov. 2022 The improved approach angle comes with the front air dam being removed, and the front axle moving farther forward. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 11 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of air dam was in 1970

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“Air dam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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