Definition of "slipstream" [slipstream]

  • The turbulent flow of air driven backward by the propeller or propellers of an aircraft. Also called race2. (noun)
  • The area of reduced pressure or forward suction produced by and immediately behind a fast-moving object as it moves through air or water. (noun)
  • To drive or cycle in the slipstream of a vehicle ahead. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "slipstream" in a sentence
  • "The term slipstream was coined by cyberpunk author Bruce Sterling in an article originally published in SF Eye #5, July 1989."
  • "Within the cosy ghetto of serious science fiction and fantasy readers, the term "slipstream" is sometimes used as a label for stories that linger in the liminal borderlands between die-hard genre definitions."
  • "By the offered definition, I think "slipstream" is — and has been, for over a quarter of a century — my favorite."