Magnus effect

noun Mag·nus effect \ˈmagnəs-, ˈmaignəs-\

Definition of Magnus effect

  1. :  the sideways thrust on a rotating cylinder placed with its axis perpendicular to a current of air which has been utilized to propel ships and in aviation as a lift — compare rotor ship

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Origin and Etymology of magnus effect

after Heinrich G. Magnus †1870 German chemist and physicist


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