air·​flow ˈer-ˌflō How to pronounce airflow (audio)
: 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

Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of airflow was in 1878

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Cite this Entry

“Airflow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


air·​flow -ˌflō How to pronounce airflow (audio)
: a flow of air
especially : the motion of air (as around parts of an airplane in flight) compared to the surface of a body surrounded by the air

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