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 The brute is a challenge to control, with serious understeer, a suspension that transmits every pebble and a recalcitrant shift linkage, all battled from a stiflingly hot, cramped interior full of gasoline fumes. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 24 July 2021 Moreover, the M440i exhibited a decidedly un-BMW-like appetite for understeer. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 20 July 2021 Hinchcliffe’s car suffered some understeer going through Turns 1 and 2 following Rosenqvist. Christopher Deharde, The Indianapolis Star, 2 May 2021 Thanks to plenty of steadying understeer, even drivers of modest talent will find the Reatta difficult to upset in hard corners. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 27 Nov. 2020 Add some throttle with your steering lock—which in a nose-heavy all-wheel-drive car would normally result in tragic understeer—and the rear end will start to swing wide while the front holds the line. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 11 Nov. 2020 Pressed hard, its secure front-wheel-drive grip gives way to predictable, benign understeer. Martin Padgett Jr., Car and Driver, 15 June 2020 Both understeer and steering effort increase noticeably when the center and rear diffs are locked. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 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, 25 Feb. 2020

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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 18 Sep. 2021.

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