Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Word of the day: slipstream

The word of the day is slipstream:

  1. Aeronautics. the airstream pushed back by a revolving aircraft propeller. Compare backwash (def 2), wash (def 31).
  2. the airstream generating reduced air pressure and forward suction directly behind a rapidly moving vehicle.

"In fact Rincewind was already half a mile out over the dark sea, squatting on the carpet like an angry buddha, his mind a soup of rage, humiliation and fury, with a side order of outrage...

"He reached up and touched his hat for reassurance, even as it lost its last few sequins in the slipstream."

 - Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

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