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slipstream

noun slip·stream \ ˈslip-ˌstrēm \

Definition of slipstream

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

Examples of slipstream in a Sentence

  1. The motorcycle was riding the truck's slipstream.

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First Known Use of slipstream

1913

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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slipstream

verb

Definition of slipstream

slipstreamed; slipstreaming; slipstreams
: to drive in the slipstream of a vehicle

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First Known Use of slipstream

1957

in the meaning defined above

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SLIPSTREAM Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of slipstream for English Language Learners

  • : 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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