airflow

noun
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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The handles are flush with the doors when the car is in motion, and even the windshield wiper lives out of the airflow underneath the front cowl. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Hyundai Nexo is an upmarket hydrogen fuel-cell SUV," 26 Oct. 2018 The camper’s front walls can be used open or covered with mosquito netting, and screen windows on either end of the camper allow for airflow. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Remote-controlled camper trailer pops up in 30 seconds," 19 Oct. 2018 For example, airflow and direction exhaust are used to help lower the helicopters’ IR signature. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Meet the new Air Force helicopters that can 'defy Armageddon'," 27 Sep. 2018 This design maximizes airflow and also keeps hot exhaust away from the user. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The Lenovo Legion Y730 gaming laptop has overclocking and RGB lighting to spare," 11 June 2018 For most conditions, your best choice is a pair of thin, lightweight trekking pants, ideally with some mesh panels to foster airflow. Andrew Skurka, Outside Online, "How to Pack for a Hike," 21 May 2018 This particular grape wasn't large enough to disrupt all airflow — part of his airway, thankfully, remained open. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Mom Posts Shocking X-Ray of a Grape Lodged in a Child's Throat to Warn Parents," 7 Apr. 2017 Still, improving airflow can make disease less likely and reduce its severity. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "You may love the look of lush perennials, but too-close plants breed problems," 27 June 2018 For this plane, the two engines would share the same air inlets, and the jet engines would operate up to Mach 2 or 3 before the inlets seal off the jet engine and divert air into the ramjets, which can handle faster airflow. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Boeing’s Proposed Hypersonic Plane Is Really, Really Fast," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of airflow

1878, in the meaning defined above

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