ground loop


noun Aeronautics.

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

Origin of ground loop

First recorded in 1920–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ground loop

Historical Examples of 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


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