barrel roll

noun
|Updated on: 28 Jul 2018

Definition of barrel roll

1 : an airplane maneuver in which a complete revolution about the longitudinal axis is made
2 : a usually accidental occurrence in which a vehicle rolls completely over along its longitudinal axis
  • If the accident is violent enough to cause a couple of barrel rolls, the car will do so, despite the flaps.
  • —Connie Steele

barrel-roll

verb, transitive + intransitive
    • He once flipped a car at 225 miles per hour and barrel-rolled another at 307 mph.
    • —Preston Lerner

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First Known Use of barrel roll

1917

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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