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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Continue for all of your eggs and give the tin a few gentle taps to allow the shaving cream to settle into any air pockets. Country Living, "How to Make Shaving Cream Easter Eggs for Your Most Colorful Holiday Yet," 15 Mar. 2019 Marine ice, lacking in air pockets, doesn't reflect light and has a darker hue. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Green Icebergs Could Be Secretly Feeding All Ocean Life," 7 Mar. 2019 At high speeds, air rushing off the vehicle can also create an air pocket that pushes the rider forward—a phenomenon known as the Von Karman effect, after the Hungarian physicist Theodore von Kármán. Jason Gay, WSJ, "She Just Rode 184 MPH on a Bicycle. Really.," 17 Sep. 2018 This air pocket seems unlikely to blow over quickly. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Micron Brings Back Painful Memories," 18 Dec. 2018 The boy had found air pocket just beneath the manhole cover and was hanging onto a ladder leading up to the manhole. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Wisconsin boy rescued from sewer after firefighter spots his finger poking out of manhole," 30 Aug. 2018 Tap the pan once on the counter to settle any air pockets. Lisa Yockelson,, "Recipe: Bake this luxurious Bundt cake for a rehearsal dinner and add berries and cream," 4 June 2018 The pressure from the water vacuum-sealed the waders to my legs, eliminating any and all air pockets between the fabric and me. Christine Yu, SELF, "Wading in a Cranberry Bog Was the Therapeutic Experience I Didn’t Know I Needed," 26 Oct. 2018 Gently press dough into bottom of pan and against sides, making sure there are no air pockets. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Recipes From the Golden Age of the Luncheon," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of air pocket

1912, in the meaning defined above

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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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