- Chemistry. (of a substance, as a vapor) to carry along (a dissimilar substance, as drops of liquid) during a given process, as evaporation or distillation.
- (of a liquid) to trap (bubbles).
- Meteorology. to transfer (air) into an organized air current from the surrounding atmosphere (opposed to detrain).
Origin of entrain2
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for entrainment
The train then ran into the station, and the entrainment of the wounded commenced.A Lively Bit of the Front
Percy F. Westerman
The entrainment was to be considered as a practice entrainment.A Company of Tanks
W. H. L. Watson
"All ready for entrainment, sir," said the sergeant heartily.
These phrases, "entrainment," "order of march," had a businesslike sound.
There is one little nurse from the entrainment wards—it is a good story, which I will tell in good time—competent to care for him.Red Fleece
Will Levington Comfort
- to board or put aboard a train
- (of a liquid or gas) to carry along (drops of liquid, bubbles, etc), as in certain distillations
- to disperse (air bubbles) through concrete in order to increase its resistance to frost
- zoology to adjust (an internal rhythm of an organism) so that it synchronizes with an external cycle, such as that of light and dark
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for entrainment
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper