underinflated

adjective
un·​der·​in·​flat·​ed | \ˌən-dər-in-ˈflā-təd \

Definition of underinflated 

: not sufficiently inflated underinflated tires

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underinflation \ ˌən-​dər-​in-​ˈflā-​shən \ noun

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Many Chicagoans justifiably made noise about the hefty price tag for a service that felt woefully underinflated. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Divvy at 5: Chicago’s bike share is better than ever," 18 June 2018 Air pressure – 1,000 miles: Every road tripper wants to get the best fuel efficiency, and underinflated tires are guaranteed to waste gas. Alex Leanse, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Your Car Ready For Your Next Road Trip," 25 Apr. 2017 Tires that differ a few pounds from the stated inflation are much less a problem than underinflated tires. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Bad, bad, bad brake vibrations? Must be warped rotors," 22 Apr. 2018 The helicopter hit the water hard, but not fatally so, and immediately rolled in the direction of the underinflated pontoon. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Inside the Safety Issues Surrounding the NY Helicopter Crash," 8 Apr. 2018 Among them: • Suspend Tom Brady for driving with underinflated tires — $5 million. David Whitley, OrlandoSentinel.com, "JaMarcus Goodell isn't a $200 Million Man," 10 Dec. 2017 And the underinflated balls — if they were underinflated — certainly didn’t affect the game. Joe Nocera, New York Times, "True Scandal of Deflategate Lies in the N.F.L.’s Behavior," 22 Jan. 2016 The case began in January 2015, when the league discovered that several of the game balls used by the Patriots in the A.F.C. championship game against the Indianapolis Colts were underinflated. Ken Belson, New York Times, "Judges Seem Skeptical of Tom Brady’s Deflategate Claims," 3 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of underinflated

1928, in the meaning defined above

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