air pocket

noun

Definition of air pocket

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

Examples of air pocket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Physical restraint, recent methamphetamine use, asthma, bullous emphysema (an air pocket in the lung) and atherosclerotic heart disease were listed as contributing factors to his death. Alta Spells, Jessica King And Jason Hanna, CNN, "Oklahoma City police release video of 2019 deadly arrest after protesters demand it," 12 June 2020 But early on, there were some spots where there were, for lack of a better term, little air pockets that made for a spongier surface. Dallas News, "Can Joey Gallo replicate his elite level of play from the first half of 2019?," 23 Jan. 2020 Wrap both balls tightly in plastic wrap, smoothing out any air pockets, and set aside to rest at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours, or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator, before rolling. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "Craving pasta? Here’s how to make it when all you have is flour," 27 Mar. 2020 Try to press the dough into the bottom of the jar all the way around, eliminating air pockets around the edges as much as possible. Daniela Galarza, Dallas News, "A hopeful bake: How to make a sourdough starter in the midst of a startling pandemic," 31 Mar. 2020 Set the colander in a bowl of water and discard any beans that float to the top (these might have air pockets where dirt or mold exists). The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Cook Dried Beans the Traditional Way," 23 Mar. 2020 Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap, smoothing out any air pockets. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "Craving pasta? Here’s how to make it when all you have is flour," 27 Mar. 2020 Surprisingly, these air pockets, dating back as far as the 18th century, contained very little of the oldest type of methane - multimillion-year-old fossil methane gas, which originates from deep within the crust of the Earth. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Methane is a hard-hitting greenhouse gas. Scientists say we’ve dramatically underestimated how much we’re emitting.," 19 Feb. 2020 One or more shafts lead to a chamber that fills partly with water but has a domed ceiling to hold an air pocket. National Geographic, "To understand how mudskippers reproduce, scientists need to get dirty," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of air pocket

1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of air pocket was in 1912

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20 Jun 2020

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“Air pocket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/air%20pocket. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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air pocket

noun

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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