[ shan-del, shahn- ]
/ ʃænˈdɛl, ʃɑ̃- /


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.

to perform a chandelle.

Origin of chandelle

1915–20; < French: literally, candle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for chandelle


/ (ʃænˈdɛl, French ʃɑ̃dɛl) /


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


(intr) to carry out a chandelle

Word Origin for chandelle

French, literally: candle
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