slip·​stream | \ ˈslip-ˌstrēm How to pronounce slipstream (audio) \

Definition of slipstream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a stream of fluid (such as air or water) driven aft by a propeller
2 : an area of reduced air pressure and forward suction immediately behind a rapidly moving vehicle


slipstreamed; slipstreaming; slipstreams

Definition of slipstream (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to drive in the slipstream of a vehicle

Examples of slipstream in a Sentence


The motorcycle was riding the truck's slipstream.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The manually adjustable windshield is just a bit short for my liking, requiring me to slump to get my helmet below the slipstream, or else slow down. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S: The Bike for a Bucket-List Ride," 21 Nov. 2018 Then Mueller-Korenek released her cable tether, pedaling the final three miles on her own power, but tucked into the dragster’s slipstream. Jason Gay, WSJ, "She Just Rode 184 MPH on a Bicycle. Really.," 17 Sep. 2018 Riding a bicycle in the slipstream of a vehicle has obvious wind-cutting benefits. Jason Gay, WSJ, "She Just Rode 184 MPH on a Bicycle. Really.," 17 Sep. 2018 But at speed, the noise disappears in the slipstream. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "When Is a Porsche Not Really a Porsche?," 23 Jan. 2017 The 28-year-old shimmied past one player, dropped her shoulder to move past the next, and accelerated away, leaving three Australian defenders in her slipstream. Chris Scott, CNN, "Commonwealth Games 2018: NZ win first women's rugby sevens gold," 15 Apr. 2018 Then the sound of slipstream suddenly becomes louder. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447," 6 Dec. 2011 Whenever Vettel has driven an F1 car, history seems to have followed in his slipstream. Matias Grez And Amanda Davies, CNN, "Sebastian Vettel: 'My desire and hunger to win again is greater than ever'," 31 Aug. 2017 Lalonde Gordon stayed in the slipstream of Fred Kerley for most of the last lap but then pushed past the American to win in 2 minutes, 58.12 seconds. Ken Goe,, "Oregon mid-distance star Raevyn Rogers announces she will leave school early, sign with Nike," 25 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "Wi-Fi Connected Big Rig Trucks | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of slipstream


1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1957, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of slipstream

technical : an area of low air pressure that is immediately behind a vehicle that is moving very fast and that other vehicles can ride in to go faster with less effort

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