un·​der·​steer | \ˈən-dər-ˌstir \

Definition of understeer 

: the tendency of an automobile to turn less sharply than the driver intends

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understeer \ ˌən-​dər-​ˈstir \ intransitive verb

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The sophisticated all-wheel-drive system can also eliminate understeer. Matthew Scott, Outside Online, "The Electric Jaguar I-Pace Can Go Off-Road," 9 July 2018 While the Senna applies the brakes to each wheel independently to help rotate the car into corners, lower speed bends still require proper weight transfer techniques to load up the front tires and avoid speed-sapping understeer. Basem Wasef, WIRED, "McLaren's $958,966 Senna Hypercar Ain't Pretty, but It Can Whip a Track," 30 June 2018 Thanks in part to four-wheel steering, that temperamental looseness provides an ever-present reminder of understeer and its consequence: the spin out. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500 is both beauty and beast," 2 Oct. 2017 Grip was tenacious, with both the hard- and softtop models gripping our 300-foot skidpad at 0.94 g. Push the S5 too hard, however, and it defaults to nose-sliding understeer, which dampens the fun a bit. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, "2018 Audi S5 Coupe and Cabriolet," 31 Jan. 2018 The rear suspension loses some dynamism with a torsion beam setup replacing the multilink system to save weight, space and cost, and there will always be a whole lot of understeer in tight corners from a front-wheel-drive car. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is betta’, inside and out," 22 May 2018 Modest body roll limits the fun, but road-holding is impressive with the Limited trim's wider Continental tires, which stave off eventual understeer to impressive limits. Kelsey Mays, USA TODAY, "Review: Hyundai Accent is all work and no show," 4 May 2018 Directional changes are reasonably stable, but sharp turns at any speed reveal moderate understeer and body lean; pushed on our 300-foot skidpad, the Subaru pulled 0.85 g of grip. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2018 Subaru Legacy 2.5L," 14 Feb. 2018 Students will learn emergency braking and skid control, how to control unintended oversteer and understeer and how to avoid accidents. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Advanced driving skills taught to teens," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of understeer

1936, in the meaning defined above

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