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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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

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Near the front door, there's an entire aisle of drones that can do barrel rolls over the shelving units. Michael J. Mooney, Popular Mechanics, "Is RadioShack Back?," 1 Apr. 2016 The barrel roll that Richard Russell pulled off during his flight Friday evening looked sloppy to experienced pilots. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "‘Video games’? Pilots wonder how plane thief learned to do aerial acrobatics," 13 Aug. 2018 Speaking of fake news, Geoffrey Fowler got taken in by a video that showed a commercial plane appearing to do a barrel roll during landing: The photorealism of Tsirbas’s clip played a big role in making the fake story go viral. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook hired a new public defender, and he should start with WhatsApp," 20 Oct. 2018 Visitors also can try a family-friendly ropes course, check out a high-flying bungee trampoline, pan for treasures old-west style or challenge themselves physically with an attraction known as the barrel roll. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Arizona Snowbowl is offering new summer attractions," 12 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of barrel roll

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of barrel roll was in 1917

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