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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Still, improving airflow can make disease less likely and reduce its severity. Beth Botts,, "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 When you’re exposed to triggers like animal fur, pollen, dust, mold, exercise, and respiratory infections, your airways can start to close up and restrict your airflow. Korin Miller, SELF, "What’s an Asthma Exacerbation? (Because It Sounds Really Scary.)," 11 July 2018 Deep pleats, the shorts’ signature detail, encourage airflow and ventilation by pulling the fabric away from your body. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "This Summer, Dress Like Hemingway on His Boat," 10 July 2018 Fins along the building’s exterior channel prevailing northeast winds into the building, enhancing airflow by 20% to 30% and reducing the need for air conditioning. Ken Wells, WSJ, "More Buildings Are Going Green. Literally.," 26 June 2018 But that wing is hollow, with airflow through each of its stanchions controlled by an electric motor—and there’s a similar system in the front spoiler to balance front–rear lift. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Future of Automotive Aerodynamics," 19 June 2018 Keeping warm and cool: Round vents in the corners offer great airflow that’s easy to direct. Scott Sturgis,, "2018 Stelvio rounds out the Alfa Romeo lineup," 12 July 2018 Make sure they are cut back so as not to obstruct airflow. For Lg&e Ku, The Courier-Journal, "Check out these no-fuss ways to save energy and money this summer.," 26 June 2018

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1878, in the meaning defined above

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