Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of fluid motion, smooth and regular, flowing as though in different layers
  • adj. In, or consisting of, thin plates or layers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. In, or consisting of, thin plates or layers; having the form of a thin plate or lamina.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Composed of or disposed in laminæ, or thin plates or layers; lamellar.
  • Having or being a lamina or laminæ; laminate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. arranged in or consisting of laminae

Etymologies

From Latin lamina. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • ROSS: We use what we call a laminar flow, a very smooth flow that's very close to the surface of the orbiter's underbelly to provide additional insulation.

    CNN Transcript Aug 2, 2005

  • The P-51/F-51 was the first aircraft to employ the NACA’s so-called laminar flow airfoil and could dive to around Mach 0.8.

    First Man

  • (18-23 miles) per hour -- the airflow becomes smooth, or "laminar," which instantly boosts the air's braking effect, sometimes by as much as 150 percent.

    The Age News Headlines

  • But driving from Laramie to Centennial on a windy day when the sky was filled with stretched-out laminar wave clouds I saw to the west, in the direction of the distant property, one cloud in the shape of an immense bird, the head and beak, the breast looming over the Rockies.

    Bird Cloud

  • She found that property one windy day, when she was driving west from Laramie and "the sky was filled with stretched-out laminar wave clouds."

    Undone by a house of dreams

  • Because the designers do not know how to cool them; they don't understand when or whether the boundary layer inside the engine is turbulent or laminar.

    Wayne Hale's Blogging Odyssey Continues - NASA Watch

  • Such precipitation will result in greater temperature gradients, meaning greater windspeeds, and more mixing of the atmosphere through laminar and turbulent flow, which we realize as stronger storms and changed precipitation patterns, including greater numbers of floods and droughts.

    Wonk Room » George Will’s Latest Denier Column Links To Global Boiling Document

  • Denclicles also reduce water turbulence by increasing laminar flow along the shark's surface.

    Dr. Reese Halter: Protecting Great White Sharks

  • I shrilled at them, before hurling a perfectly formed three-ounce biscuit of quartz across the laminar brine.

    Ned Goldreyer: Slick Trick

  • Ultimately, the resultant rim shape has a wider, deeper tire bed than any prior Reynolds wheel, yet the smooth and parallel rim sidewalls help turbulent air reattach into laminar flow, according to Lew.

    Tour de France Tech: More new stuff from the Tour

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  • Iroquoisy. I was just watching a video about "Characteristics of Laminar and Turbulent Flow" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIHVh3cIujU) and thought I'd come over here and see if there were any interesting citations or comments. That's not the iroquoisy part. The iroquoisy part is that I'm writing this on September 11, 2012.

    September 11, 2012

  • Poor Eddy.

    November 11, 2008

  • "Dr. Louis W. Uccellini, director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction and an expert on snowstorms, compares what was happening on the ground as the cold front came through to the smoke and ash roiling through the canyons of lower Manhattan after the towers of the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11, 2001: 'It was not a laminar flow in which the currents move in parallel layers, but a flow moving in turbulent eddies. The turbulence behind this front must have been incredible. The air was rolling over at the same time that it was coming down. The effect was like putting the snow and ice in a grinder. The turbulence pulverized the snow to talcum powder as it entered the last mile or so of the atmosphere above the ground.'"
    —David Laskin, The Children's Blizzard (New York: HarperCollins, 2004), 130

    November 11, 2008