coun·​ter·​flow ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌflō How to pronounce counterflow (audio)
: the flow of a fluid in opposite directions (as in an apparatus)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This map of the velocities of particles on the water's surface shows the counterflow in red and the main flow in blue. Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 17 May 2011 Elsewhere, there is a pool with an adjustable floor and counterflow on the aft deck. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 7 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterflow was in 1870

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Cite this Entry

“Counterflow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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