ground loop

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noun Aeronautics.

a sharp horizontal loop performed, usually involuntarily, while touching the ground.

Nearby words

  1. ground ivy,
  2. ground lamella,
  3. ground landlord,
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  5. ground log,
  6. ground meristem,
  7. ground observer,
  8. ground owl,
  9. ground pea,
  10. ground pine

Origin of ground loop

First recorded in 1920–25

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Examples from the Web for ground loop

  • "A lot of good it will do you if we ground-loop, Major," he grinned.

    The Five Arrows|Allan Chase


British Dictionary definitions for ground loop

ground loop

noun

a sudden uncontrolled turn by an aircraft on the ground, while moving under its own power
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