air·​flow | \ -ˌflō \

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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However, these effects can be mitigated through designs that better control airflow, and as aviation tech advances, sonic booms promise to be quieter. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Supersonic Airliners Are About to Take Off. Again.," 7 Jan. 2019 To provide airflow, use the snow probe to poke four to eight holes in the roof, each between a half-inch and an inch wide. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "How to Build a Better Snow Fort," 18 Dec. 2018 With the highest level of cubic feet per minute of airflow and highest moisture vapor transmission rate of any waterproof fabric ever tested. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "The North Face's New Fabric Is Waterproof, Breathable, and Brought to You by Science," 8 Jan. 2019 Because once you land and the airflow system is turned off, there’s potential for other people getting infected. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "What happens on plane full of sick passengers? An aerospace medicine expert explains," 6 Sep. 2018 There's an air curtain at the front to channel air down the sides and away from the turbulent chaotic mess that normally happens when rotating wheels meet the airflow. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018 Here’s more on the audio end of things: To maximise driver performance the acoustic and electronic compartments are isolated to minimise the airflow that can adversely affect the audio. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Audio Technica announces its first-ever true wireless earbuds," 29 Aug. 2018 The stadium design will also include entrances throughout the stadium that will allow airflow during the scorching summer and will have water walls to cool down fans. Jorge Ramos, azcentral, "Phoenix Rising unveils renderings of proposed MLS stadium," 16 Mar. 2018 Homes are refuges from sun and heat, built with special features to promote airflow and encourage light diffusion. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Garden-filled house keeps cool with sandstone," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of airflow

1878, in the meaning defined above

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