artificial horizon


: a gyroscopic flight instrument designed to indicate aircraft attitude with respect to the true horizon

Illustration of artificial horizon

Illustration of artificial horizon
  • a miniature airplane
  • b horizon line

Examples of artificial horizon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are several other instruments that can be used to determine things like angle of attack, either directly or indirectly, such as the pitot tubes, the artificial horizons, etc. IEEE Spectrum, 18 Apr. 2019 The blue liquid in the rims of the glasses shifts with the movement of the vehicle, creating a line — an artificial horizon — that matches what your vestibular system is detecting. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, 10 July 2022 During the war, Singer produced components for the Sperry T-1 bomb sight, B-29 bomber gunfire control computers, directional gyro and artificial horizon instruments, and automatic pilot parts. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 21 Sep. 2018 Then use the yoke to bring the wings in line with the artificial horizon on the altitude indicator. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Aug. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of artificial horizon was in 1920

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“Artificial horizon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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