drag coefficient


Definition of drag coefficient

: a factor representing the drag acting on a body (such as an automobile or airfoil)

Examples of drag coefficient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mercedes' design team managed to create a shape with a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.22. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 31 Mar. 2022 The Spectre, which the new Spirit adorns, is already Rolls-Royce’s most aerodynamic vehicle yet, with a drag coefficient (cd) of just 0.26, something which will help improve battery efficiency. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 7 Feb. 2022 Mercedes credits its aggressive regeneration strategy, large battery, and the EQS's incredibly low 0.20 drag coefficient for the range number. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 8 Oct. 2021 This means great aerodynamics with a drag coefficient of just 0.25, lightweight design using natural and recycled materials and a high recycling rate for the battery. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 25 Dec. 2021 In fact, its drag coefficient is even lower than that of a football (0.18). Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 4 Jan. 2022 Top speed is a frightening 168 mph, due in part to the car's ultra-low drag coefficient. Jeremy White, Wired, 1 Jan. 2022 The engineering team’s meticulous attention to aerodynamics delivered an incredibly slippery drag coefficient of .20 – that’s a new industry benchmark. Michael Harley, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Hopefully, Kia will share a drag coefficient number during a more robust online reveal later this month. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, 14 Mar. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'drag coefficient.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of drag coefficient

1937, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About drag coefficient

Time Traveler for drag coefficient

Time Traveler

The first known use of drag coefficient was in 1937

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near drag coefficient

drag chute

drag coefficient

drag conveyor

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for drag coefficient

Last Updated

20 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Drag coefficient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drag%20coefficient. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on drag coefficient

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about drag coefficient


Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!