laminar flow


Definition of laminar flow

: uninterrupted flow in a fluid near a solid boundary in which the direction of flow at every point remains constant — compare turbulent flow

Examples of laminar flow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Only a few exact solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations are known; these describe simple, laminar flows (and certainly not turbulent flows of any kind). Lee Phillips, Ars Technica, "Turbulence, the oldest unsolved problem in physics," 10 Oct. 2018 There's laminar flow, the consistent airflow across the surface that leaves a smooth wake, and turbulent flow, which leaves a rough, disturbed wake. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "How Boeing Used Airplane Aerodynamics To Build a Better Golf Club," 14 Jan. 2016 Learn Bernoulli’s equation of laminar flow and what distinguishes a V-6 engine from an inline six. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "He failed high school chemistry and algebra. Now a doctor, he went to his alma mater to tell graduating seniors about success.," 18 June 2018 The aircraft design uses Honda's over-the-wing engine mount, developed on the original HondaJet, as well as a composite fuselage and natural laminar flow airfoil. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Honda's New Business Jet Has Longer Range—and a Toilet Seatbelt," 30 May 2018 The bulbous nose generates laminar flow, meaning the air doesn’t get turbulent and add unnecessary drag. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "HondaJet HA-420," 19 Sep. 2017 And those mounting posts act, in part, like a bargeboard on an open-wheel race car, only these maximize the laminar flow all the way to the tail. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "HondaJet HA-420," 19 Sep. 2017

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

See More

First Known Use of laminar flow

1935, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about laminar flow

Statistics for laminar flow

Time Traveler for laminar flow

The first known use of laminar flow was in 1935

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on laminar flow

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with laminar flow Encyclopedia article about laminar flow

Comments on laminar flow

What made you want to look up laminar flow? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the exactly right word or phrasing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Pass the Little Ribbons: A Pasta Word Quiz

  • rotelle pasta
  • Match the pasta to its meaning in English: Rotelle
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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