air pocket


Definition of air pocket 

: a condition of the atmosphere (such as a local downdraft) that causes an airplane to drop suddenly

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Rescue divers found the boys were on a ledge in an air pocket about 2.5 miles into the cave, about a half-mile down. USA TODAY, "An illustrated look at the Thai cave rescue," 3 July 2018 Firefighters, using a rope attachment, found the woman inside an air pocket inside the vehicle, which had flooded, and were able to pull her out, officials said. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Mesa firefighters rescue woman from car submerged in a canal," 9 July 2018 These small air pockets, which slightly resemble tiny grapes, actually gave sargassum its name, derived from the Portuguese word for a breed of grapes. Jacob Sweet, miamiherald, "Lots of sun, and brown slimy seaweed, in the forecast for South Florida beaches," 3 July 2018 Finding a small, final air pocket, the sailor took a last breath — and lost consciousness. Jasmine Khayami And Elizabeth Strassner, USA TODAY, "Collisions reveal a Navy tragically undone by its can-do spirit," 25 June 2018 At one point, by chance, Smith lifted his head where there was an air pocket. CBS News, "Pennsylvania teen survives being sucked into storm drain," 22 June 2018 Many jumped in to rescue Whippoorwill patrons who found air pockets below deck. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Tornado sunk this Kansas cruise boat in 1978, killing 16. Owners hope it floats again.," 22 June 2018 When the air pocket ran out, Graham used her legs as antennae, probing her feet around the pitch-black sump to feel for the next pocket of buoyancy ahead of her. Joshua Hydeman, National Geographic, "One of the Deepest Caves in the World is Even Bigger Than We Thought," 7 June 2018 So far, though, the man appears to be doing well, despite the cranial air pocket. Amy B Wang, miamiherald, "Man has nothing but air where part of his brain should be, puzzled doctor discover | Miami Herald," 13 Mar. 2018

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of air pocket was in 1912

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English Language Learners Definition of air pocket

: a movement or condition of the air that causes an airplane to make a brief and sudden downward drop

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