autorotation

[aw-toh-roh-tey-shuh n]

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.

Nearby words

  1. autoradiography,
  2. autoregulation,
  3. autoreinfection,
  4. autoreproduction,
  5. autorickshaw,
  6. autoroute,
  7. autosave,
  8. autoschediasm,
  9. autosensitization,
  10. autosepticemia

Origin of autorotation

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

Related formsau·to·ro·ta·tion·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for autorotation

autorotation

noun

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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