Im·​mel·​mann ˈi-məl-mən How to pronounce Immelmann (audio)
: a maneuver in which an airplane reverses direction by executing half of a loop upwards followed by half of a roll

called also Immelmann turn

Examples of Immelmann in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Emperor riders will experience inversions, a barrel roll, Immelmann loop (a roll-off-the-top), hammerhead turn (a cartwheel style spin) and flat spins. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Aug. 2021

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Word History


Max Immelmann

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Immelmann was in 1918

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“Immelmann.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Im·​mel·​mann ˈi-məl-ˌmän How to pronounce Immelmann (audio)
Max 1890–1916 German aviator
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