un·​der·​steer | \ ˈən-dər-ˌstir How to pronounce understeer (audio) \

Definition of understeer

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

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Other Words from understeer

understeer \ ˌən-​dər-​ˈstir How to pronounce understeer (audio) \ intransitive verb

Examples of understeer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pressed hard, its secure front-wheel-drive grip gives way to predictable, benign understeer. Martin Padgett Jr., Car and Driver, "Tested: 1993 Volkswagen Passat GLX Pairs Stealth with Speed," 15 June 2020 Both understeer and steering effort increase noticeably when the center and rear diffs are locked. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1982 Audi Quattro," 22 May 2020 The driver sits more or less at the polar center, so the car rotates about its center axis from what's effectively the driver's position, equalizing any yaw effects of understeer or oversteer and increasing the feeling of connectedness. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "The mid-engined Corvette was 60 years in the making—now we’ve driven it," 25 Feb. 2020 Charging into corners, when a front-engine car could be expected to understeer, the Portofino turns in crisply, providing the steering feedback needed to balance the car through the turn with the steering, brakes, and throttle. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "Driving Ferrari’s $300,000 Portofino, a restless racehorse of a car," 23 Mar. 2020 But an overriding sense of safe understeer at the limit is always present. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Defines Muscle-Bound Refinement," 28 Feb. 2020 My goal was simple: master a vehicle's understeer and oversteer and gain the confidence to drive in treacherous conditions. Morgan Korn, ABC News, "What I learned about driving on ice near the Arctic Circle," 15 Feb. 2020 The eight-cylinder engine provides plenty of power when needed, and while an SUV of this size is never going to be agile, Dynamic Stability Control does a nice job preventing understeer in corners. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Go big and go home: The BMW X7 reviewed," 28 June 2019 In that situation, which would typically result in grotesque initial understeer, the Tesla somehow pivots around its inside tire and does a tight, not-especially-fast donut with a radius of one Model 3. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Electric Slide: We Drove the Tesla Model 3 in the Snow to See How It Fares as a Rally Car," 21 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of understeer

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Understeer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/understeer. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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