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chandelle

[shan-del, shahn-]Aeronautics
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noun
  1. an abrupt climbing turn in which an aircraft almost stalls while using its momentum to gain a higher rate of climb.
verb (used without object), chan·delled, chan·dell·ing.
  1. to perform a chandelle.

Origin of chandelle

1915–20; < French: literally, candle
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British Dictionary definitions for chandelle

chandelle

noun
  1. aeronautics an abrupt climbing turn almost to the point of stalling, in which an aircraft's momentum is used to increase its rate of climb
verb
  1. (intr) to carry out a chandelle

Word Origin

French, literally: candle
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