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slip·​stream ˈslip-ˌstrēm How to pronounce slipstream (audio)
: a stream of fluid (such as air or water) driven aft by a propeller
: an area of reduced air pressure and forward suction immediately behind a rapidly moving vehicle


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slipstreamed; slipstreaming; slipstreams

intransitive verb

: to drive in the slipstream of a vehicle

Examples of slipstream in a Sentence

Noun The motorcycle was riding the truck's slipstream.
Recent Examples on the Web
June 18, 2024 Sophie Turner exists in the slipstream between Paris Fashion Week and Drinks With the Girls. Daniel Rodgers, Glamour, 18 June 2024 But the photographer’s enterprise soon went bust, and the images captured that day disappeared into the slipstream of history. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 11 June 2024 This is the precise slipstream Emily Ratajkowski has found herself within. Glamour, 1 Mar. 2024 If the pace of innovation slackened elsewhere, China’s efforts to build LLMs—like a slower cyclist coasting in the leaders’ slipstream—would likely decelerate. Helen Toner, Foreign Affairs, 2 June 2023 Even that simple drawing seems related to the dichotomies of the two works, with their contrast between women frozen in a timeless moment and men engaged in the slipstream of temporal existence. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 Taking shelter in the slipstream of the rider ahead. George Petras, USA TODAY, 28 June 2023 Then the sound of slipstream suddenly becomes louder. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, 1 June 2020 Link’s stories have garnered a dizzying array of labels, from Y.A. to weird fiction, slipstream to steampunk, but the one that has clung most persistently is fairy tale. Kristen Roupenian, The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2023
But the audio-streaming giant is making changes to slipstream it into the Spotify business: Starting today, Heardle players can listen to the full song on Spotify at the end of the game. Todd Spangler, Variety, 12 July 2022 In Smith’s hands, stories slipstream in the wake of other stories; dreams are tucked up under the armpits of serious shifts in time and space. Dwight Garner, New York Times, 17 Aug. 2020 As a direct result of slipstreaming the front-door truck, the first savings would be in diesel fuel, because there would be little wind resistance for the second or potentially third trucks in this connected mini-convoy. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, 27 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use


1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slipstream was in 1913

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“Slipstream.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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