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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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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 Without pushrods in the way, an engineer making an OHC engine can also configure its ports for better airflow. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Ford Keeps It Old-School With the New 7.3-Liter Gas V8," 1 May 2019 The maintenance staff recently permanently shut off 10% of the building's fume hoods in order to keep the airflow going outward, said Geoff Hurtado, UWM's associate vice chancellor, facilities planning and management. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The writing is on the wall': UWM officials cautiously optimistic for new chemistry building," 11 June 2019 Windows in both the vehicle and the tent walls fill the space with light and provide airflow on hot days. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "A NASA Architect Designed a Camper," 25 May 2019 High-lift blade: A high-lift blade produces airflow to push grass clippings into a bag or out the discharge chute. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "Do I Need To Change My Lawnmower Blades?," 22 Jan. 2019 This means airflow approaching Washington will have descended the Appalachians, which tends to dry the air and suppress uplift needed to initiate storms. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Severe weather may hold off until this evening in the D.C. region, but keep an eye out this afternoon," 12 May 2018 Part of Musk's pitch is that if internal combustion engines are prohibited from operating in the tunnel, robust airflow isn't as much of a concern, so tunnels can be smaller in diameter. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Ars takes a first tour of the length of The Boring Company’s test tunnel," 19 Dec. 2018 The status light alerts you if there's a blockage or low airflow through the duct. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Kenmore Elite 91852 7.4 cu. ft. Front Load Gas Dryer, 796.91582410," 13 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of airflow

1878, in the meaning defined above

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