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slip +‎ stream. Fiction sense coined by cyberpunk author Bruce Sterling in a 1989 article.


slipstream (plural slipstreams)

  1. The low-pressure zone immediately following a rapidly moving object, caused by turbulence.
  2. (uncountable) A genre of fantastic or non-realistic fiction that crosses conventional genre boundaries.




slipstream (third-person singular simple present slipstreams, present participle slipstreaming, simple past and past participle slipstreamed)

  1. To take advantage of the suction produced by a slipstream by travelling immediately behind the slipstream generator.
    Although dangerous, over-the-road truck drivers sometimes slipstream with each other to save fuel.
  2. (computing, transitive) To incorporate additional software (such as patches) into an existing installer.
    • 2003, William Boswell, Inside Windows Server 2003‎
      You do this by slipstreaming the updates into the distribution folder.
    • 2004, Ed Bott, Carl Siechert, Craig Stinson, Microsoft Windows XP inside out
      A better solution is to create a bootable Windows XP installation CD slipstreamed with the current service pack...
    • 2005, Jesper M Johansson, Steve Riley, Protect your Windows network: from perimeter to data‎
      It is illegal to distribute slipstreamed CDs. In some locales, it may also be illegal to create them.