[ aw-toh-roh-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɔ toʊ roʊˈteɪ ʃən /

noun Aeronautics.

the condition of flight occurring when lift is derived solely from the action of air upon the unpowered rotor of a moving helicopter or autogiro.

Origin of autorotation

First recorded in 1915–20; auto-1 + rotation

OTHER WORDS FROM autorotation

au·to·ro·ta·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for autorotation

/ (ˌɔːtəʊrəʊˈteɪʃən) /


the continuous rotation of a body in an airflow, such as that of the rotor blades of a helicopter in an unpowered descent
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