Magnus effect

Mag·​nus effect | \ ˈmagnəs-, ˈmaignəs- \

Definition of Magnus effect

: 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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History and Etymology for Magnus effect

after Heinrich G. Magnus †1870 German chemist and physicist

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“Magnus effect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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