barrel roll


: an airplane maneuver in which a complete revolution about the longitudinal axis is made
: 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

Examples of barrel roll in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This ride is the first in the U.S. to have a barrel roll drop, or a drop where the riders twist in the air, from a 10-story hill. Nic Napier, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Aug. 2023 The car made more than six barrel rolls and came to a stop upside down up against a tire barrier. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 11 July 2023 That would include the ride’s Zero G barrel roll maneuver that travels over the loading station. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 24 Apr. 2023 Bo-Katan, Grogu and R5-D4 return to Mandalore and Grogu guides her to the cyborg-alien boss’s lair and the Mandalorian princess shows off her fighting prowess with a laser shield and a Darksaber—classic Dark Souls fighting style, replete with barrel rolls and tense combat. Erik Kain, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 In particular, Lil Joe captivates audiences with barrel rolls that are so flawlessly precisely graceful they might be better characterized as aquatic pirouettes. Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel, 16 Feb. 2023 The Zapata video shows the AirRacer doing a barrel roll, but that won’t be part of its protocol. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 2 Feb. 2023 The reason to watch this new video of the Ghost Robotics Vision 60 quadruped is for the 3 seconds worth of barrel roll about 40 seconds in. IEEE Spectrum, 14 June 2019 This means that the water from the bottle in the photo (assuming that the plane was doing some kind of aerobatic spin or barrel roll) would be pressed to the bottom of the plane during the maneuver. Kyle Hill, Discover Magazine, 10 Dec. 2013 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of barrel roll was in 1917

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“Barrel roll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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