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

Examples of airflow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When running in Auto-Mode, the AirDoctor assesses the air quality of a room and automatically adjusts the fan speed to achieve the optimum airflow for filtration. Allen Foster,, "AirDoctor review: Does this top-of-the-line air purifier’s performance justify the price?," 17 Oct. 2020 Scientists quoted by The New York Times say regulating ventilation and airflow is much more important in preventing disease transmission on the debate stage. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Vice presidential debate live updates: Pence team finally agrees to Plexiglas barrier," 7 Oct. 2020 Its cylindrical shape and top-facing airflow allows for 360 degrees of clean air output, to boot. NBC News, "Molekule Air Pro: A new professional-grade air purifier," 22 Sep. 2020 The study suggests air circulation in restaurants could be linked to the higher number of cases linked to dining out, noting that the direction, ventilation, and intensity of airflow could affect transmission. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "CDC study: Adults who tested positive for COVID-19 ‘twice as likely’ to have dined at a restaurant recently," 11 Sep. 2020 Engineers at the University of Minnesota have been studying how the strength of airflow and positioning of ventilation ducts can affect the spread of particles capable of carrying the virus in environments such as elevators and classrooms. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "Study finds more restaurant-goers among COVID-19 patients," 10 Sep. 2020 Some buildings have systems where each workstation has controls for its own temperature and airflow, and systems that disaggregate ventilation from temperature control. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "Is Staying In Staying Safe?," 31 Aug. 2020 But, for a short day trip on a boat with just your pod, the journey would kind of be like taking a car trip, but with more airflow and sunshine. Hannah Seo, Popular Science, "The safest way to travel during the pandemic," 11 Aug. 2020 In English, only a few sounds can be made without any airflow, and these are consonants that mean little without supporting vowels. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Does Speaking English Spread Coronavirus Quicker?," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of airflow

1878, in the meaning defined above

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21 Oct 2020

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“Airflow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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