(not in technical use) a nearly vertical air current that can cause an aircraft to experience a sudden change in altitude, usually a decrease.
- Also called air hole.
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How to use air pocket in a sentence
Yet another is as a completely enclosed space, such as an air pocket in Swiss cheese.
It swells up when wet, closing off air pockets and creating a watertight seal.
In birds, the medulla of the bone is full of air pockets, which help make birds light enough to fly.
Scrambled eggs, for example, have a lot of air pockets and may lose heat more quickly than something denser, like soup.Want to Get Outside All Winter? Bring Your Thermos. | AC Shilton | November 29, 2020 | Outside Online
You may need to poke around with a narrow spatula or knife to get rid of air pockets.
air pocket—A local movement or condition of the air causing an aeroplane to drop or lose its correct attitude.The Aeroplane Speaks | H. Barber
No; if it had been compressible you would not have had that exhibition at the air pocket.The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island | Roger Thompson Finlay
John was good enough to consider my wretched air-pocket nerves rather than his petrol.
True enough; it was an air pocket which extended in about fifty feet, and had no passageway beyond.The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island | Roger Thompson Finlay
For perhaps ten seconds he hung thus, till the monoplane, rocking through an air-pocket, tilted violently.Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S. | Percy F. Westerman
British Dictionary definitions for air pocket
a localized region of low air density or a descending air current, causing an aircraft to suffer an abrupt decrease in height
any pocket of air that prevents the flow of a liquid or gas, as in a pipe
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