noun Also slip stream.
  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.
verb (used without object)
  1. to ride in the slipstream of a fast-moving vehicle.

Origin of slipstream

First recorded in 1910–15; slip1 + stream Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. Also called: airstream, race
    1. the stream of air forced backwards by an aircraft propeller
    2. a stream of air behind any moving object
  1. motor racing to follow (another car, etc) closely in order to take advantage of the decreased wind resistance immediately behind it
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Word Origin and History for slipstream

also slip-stream, 1913, from slip (n.2) + stream (n.).

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