barrel roll

noun

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

Other Words from barrel roll

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 The ride features a barrel roll, inversions, Immelmann loop (a roll-off-the-top), hammerhead turn (a cartwheel-style spin) and flat spins. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2022 In 1985, Ongais hit the back of Phil Krueger's car in the backstretch at Michigan International Speedway and survived a barrel roll. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Mar. 2022 In 1985, Ongais hit the back of Phil Krueger's car in the backstretch at Michigan International Speedway and survived a barrel roll. Nathan Brown, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2022 The coaster, which will reach a height of 153 feet, will feature inversions, a barrel roll, Immelmann loop (a roll-off-the-top), hammerhead turn (a cartwheel-style spin) and flat spins along the nearly 2,500 feet of track. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Jan. 2022 Emperor riders will experience inversions, a barrel roll, Immelmann loop (a roll-off-the-top), hammerhead turn (a cartwheel style spin) and flat spins. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Aug. 2021 The second half of the experience includes several seconds of zero-gravity inversions, including a 360-degree horizontal barrel roll above the lagoon in the center of the park. Julie Tremaine, Forbes, 14 June 2021 One will feature a 360-degree barrel roll above the park’s lagoon. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2020 The ride will feature two launches — the fastest will take guests to 70 miles per hour in just 2.4 seconds — and a 360-degree barrel roll above the Islands of Adventure lagoon. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 28 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of barrel roll

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

26 Mar 2022

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“Barrel roll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barrel%20roll. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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