ven·​tu·​ri ven-ˈtu̇r-ē How to pronounce venturi (audio)
: a short tube with a tapering constriction in the middle that causes an increase in the velocity of flow of a fluid and a corresponding decrease in fluid pressure and that is used especially in measuring fluid flow or for creating a suction (as for driving aircraft instruments or drawing fuel into the flow stream of a carburetor)

Examples of venturi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lightweight pressure pool cleaner has three powerful venturi jets and a sweep hose that trails behind the vacuum to kick up debris that can get stuck in hard-to-reach spots. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 22 June 2023 This is due to the powerful dual venturi jets and 2.25-inch vacuum inlet. Quincy Bulin, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 June 2023 The forward facing scoop leads to a narrow venturi area that helps draw air out the rear slot. Car and Driver, 14 Sep. 2022 Visible from below the car is an exhaust vent for the luggage compartment, which uses air drawn through venturi tunnels to create a vacuum for airflow. Basem Wasef, Car and Driver, 18 Aug. 2022 Active aero considerations, including venturi tunnels underneath and a rear wing, will purportedly combine for a staggering 1,322 pounds of downforce at 150 mph. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 15 July 2021 Its keening climb to the redline is an orchestra of solid-lifter clatter, half-civilized exhaust bark, and the vigorous snorting of air through one hungry venturi. Don Sherman, Car and Driver, 31 Aug. 2020 The most obvious place to begin is at the rear, where the central venturi tunnels dump their airflow. Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver, 12 July 2017 See More

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Word History


after Giovanni Battista Venturi *1746 †1822 Italian physicist, who described the decrease in fluid pressure that takes place in such a tube in 1797

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of venturi was in 1887

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Cite this Entry

“Venturi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Ven·​tu·​ri ven-ˈtu̇r-ē How to pronounce Venturi (audio)
Robert Charles 1925–2018 American architect
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