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

Examples of counterflow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here is a breakdown by area of street closings: Downtown Miami Starting at noon Friday, traffic on Biscayne Boulevard from Southeast Third Street to Northeast Second Street will be diverted in a counterflow direction until 8 a.m. Saturday. Omar Rodríguez Ortiz, Miami Herald, 25 Jan. 2024 But there is also a counterflow. The New Yorker, 2 Mar. 2022 In recent years the sun deck pool was replaced with a deep therapeutic jacuzzi that enjoys a counterflow current for fitness swimming. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 10 Feb. 2023 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 23 May. 2024.

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