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

Noun The motorcycle was riding the truck's slipstream.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Both of these novels also borrow from the tradition of magical realism: as in the works of Gabriel García Márquez or Haruki Murakami, the novels are so flush with detail that their slipstream elements can be folded in undifferentiated. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "How “The Memory Police” Makes You See," 6 Nov. 2019 Megan Thee Stallion’s entry into the meme slipstream has been slightly less direct, but no less effective. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "How Rap’s Class of 2019 Lives and Dies by the Meme," 9 Oct. 2019 Neil Campbell, 45, broke the men's record for fastest bicycle speed in a slipstream by seven miles per hour at an airfield in Yorkshire, England on Saturday, detaching his vehicle from the back of a Porsche and sailing down the track. Rob Picheta, CNN, "A daredevil broke a 24-year cycling speed record, hitting 174 miles per hour," 19 Aug. 2019 Books coverage now rises or falls in the slipstream of social media. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's magazine, "Like This or Die," 10 Apr. 2019 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 Books coverage now rises or falls in the slipstream of social media. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's magazine, "Like This or Die," 10 Apr. 2019 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 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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The first known use of slipstream was in 1913

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30 Nov 2019

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“Slipstream.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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