air·​flow | \ ˈer-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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The streamlined nose bridge can be opened or closed to facilitate airflow and stop fogging. Roy M. Wallack, Los Angeles Times, "At last, sunglasses designed for the sport you love," 13 Sep. 2019 Vettel, a four-time world champion, failed to clock a time during qualifying with Ferrari confirming a problem with the airflow to the car's turbo. James Masters, CNN, "F1: Sebastian Vettel to start from back of the grid at German Grand Prix after turbo failure," 27 July 2019 Both vacuuming and blowing modes have variable speed controls, and the engine should reach relatively high speeds with good airflow. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Leaf Vacuums to Make Yard Work Easy," 26 July 2019 Instead, point your vents upward toward the ceiling to facilitate airflow. 3. Matt Schmitz, USA TODAY, "Be cool! Avoid these 4 mistakes you're making with your A/C," 15 July 2019 This comes from small solar cells perched on a rod well above the four wings, to avoid interrupting airflow. Matt Simon, WIRED, "What Could Possibly Be Cooler Than RoboBee? RoboBee X-Wing," 26 June 2019 Most importantly, plant your vines in rows for best airflow and maximum sunlight., "Ask an expert: Make sure you have enough room to work around grape vines," 24 Aug. 2019 Blowing power: Like vacuuming power, blowing power is decided by a combination of airflow (CFM) and speed (MPH). Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Leaf Vacuums to Make Yard Work Easy," 26 July 2019 Living birds have similar-looking structures that act a bit like whiskers, helping them sense flying insects or subtle changes in airflow during flight. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Ancient bird foot found in amber has bizarrely long toes," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of airflow

1878, in the meaning defined above

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