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[hwip-stawl, wip-]Aeronautics
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  1. a stall during a vertical climb in which the nose of the airplane falls forward and downward in a whiplike movement.
verb (used with object)
  1. to cause (an aircraft) to undergo whipstall.
verb (used without object)
  1. (of an aircraft) to undergo whipstall.

Origin of whipstall

First recorded in 1920–25; whip + stall1
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British Dictionary definitions for whipstall


  1. a stall in which an aircraft goes into a nearly vertical climb, pauses, slips backwards momentarily, and drops suddenly with its nose down
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