air·​flow | \ -ˌflō How to pronounce airflow (audio) \

Definition of airflow

: a flow of air especially : the motion of air (as around parts of an airplane in flight) relative to the surface of a body immersed in it

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High-lift blade: A high-lift blade produces airflow to push grass clippings into a bag or out the discharge chute. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "Do I Need To Change My Lawnmower Blades?," 22 Jan. 2019 This means airflow approaching Washington will have descended the Appalachians, which tends to dry the air and suppress uplift needed to initiate storms. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Severe weather may hold off until this evening in the D.C. region, but keep an eye out this afternoon," 12 May 2018 Part of Musk's pitch is that if internal combustion engines are prohibited from operating in the tunnel, robust airflow isn't as much of a concern, so tunnels can be smaller in diameter. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Ars takes a first tour of the length of The Boring Company’s test tunnel," 19 Dec. 2018 The status light alerts you if there's a blockage or low airflow through the duct. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Kenmore Elite 91852 7.4 cu. ft. Front Load Gas Dryer, 796.91582410," 13 Sep. 2016 There’s also storage shelves, two reading lights, a center cabin light, a large skylight, and a pop-up vent to help circulate airflow. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best campers for people with kids," 30 Nov. 2018 Lawn aerators are designed to promote healthy turf growth by promoting airflow and absorption of water and key nutrients. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "What Is a Lawn Aerator, and Do I Need One?," 28 Mar. 2019 The technology also adapts to the fridge's daily use, which allows it to automatically adjust its own settings, including temperature, airflow, and humidity. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This High-Tech Fridge Helps Food Stay Fresh Longer," 13 Feb. 2019 But Stack discovered that this acceleration could mean that an aircraft traveling slower than the speed of sound can generate pockets of airflow that are moving faster than the speed of sound on its wings, creating shockwaves. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Why Airplane Wings Angle Backwards, Explained in 4 Minutes," 10 Mar. 2016

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1878, in the meaning defined above

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