barrel roll


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

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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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Cost for each new feature is $15, except the barrel roll, which is free. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Arizona Snowbowl is offering new summer attractions," 12 July 2018 Outlaw Run, which opened in 2013, is the first wooden coaster of its kind to include a double barrel roll. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Silver Dollar City theme park offers old-fashioned fun and thrills," 25 Apr. 2018 And at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, a new hybrid roller coaster called Steel Vengeance is debuting, 200 feet (61 meters) tall with a 90-degree initial drop and half-barrel roll. Beth J. Harpaz,, "What's new at theme parks: Wonder Woman coaster, Pixar Pier," 23 May 2018 Climbing to the top of the first loop, the train navigates a slow barrel roll at nearly 150 feet in the air that ranks as one of the world's tallest inversions. Brady Macdonald,, "SeaWorld’s Electric Eel coaster squeezes a lot of excitement into a tight space," 10 May 2018 The level of intricacy afoot here just a few weeks away from the first barrel rolling off the line is staggering. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Sipping on the spirit of Texas at Whiskey Ranch in Forth Worth," 24 Jan. 2018 Wochit The long kitchen ceiling is built of bricks, curved into a barrel roll with a herringbone flourish. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "House Envy: Did you say 4 kitchens? Casual country home defines extravagance," 23 Dec. 2017 Buffeted by the winds and recovering from occasional, crazed barrel rolls, the drone nevertheless survives to beam data back to the plane. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "NOAA's Revolutionary Hurricane-Hunting Drone Program Is Broke," 2 Oct. 2017 Local bars and restaurants compete in essential German skills like beer stein serving and barrel rolling at the Gemuetlichkeit Games, noon at Third and Race streets. Polly Campbell,, "Oktoberfest: The last oom-pah of summer," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of barrel roll

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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