body roll

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Definition of body roll

: the side-to-side leaning movement of a turning vehicle Body roll occurs as a vehicle pitches from side to side in the manner of a yacht on a troubled sea. It can be unnerving. And if the swaying motion is violent enough, it can contribute to loss of vehicle control.— Warren Brown

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Finally, active roll bars—known as Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control—can be an optional extra that minimizes body roll and helps keep handling neutral. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Everything you wanted to know about Porsche’s new electric car," 4 Sep. 2019 Keehn noted such moves as the body roll, the down-shake, the headbang with lifted foot, and the vogue. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Researchers investigate why only humans and parrots can boogie-oogie-oogie," 9 July 2019 The scientists performed a frame-by-frame analysis of the videos and observed 14 new moves, which included full body rolls and hardcore head bangs. Katie Camero, Science | AAAS, "Snowball the dancing cockatoo is back—with a whole new set of moves," 8 July 2019 The wheels on the rear axle turn at a lesser degree of the front wheels to better execute U-turns and to minimize body roll. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "What makes Rolls-Royce Phantom worth $643,000?," 28 Mar. 2018 While conventional suspensions use steel antiroll bars to counteract body roll, hydraulic systems send fluid to the opposite side of the car. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "3 Technologies That Are Making Car Suspensions Smarter Than Ever," 31 Jan. 2017 The dancey, body roll-inducing tune is complete with a whimsical-yet-contemporary aesthetic as the members fall into dream-like scenarios. Devon Abelman, Allure, "See K-Pop Group GOT7's Best Hair and Makeup Looks from the New "Lullaby" Music Video," 17 Sep. 2018 As a vehicle drives through a corner, the bar twists to limit the body roll. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "How 4X4s Got So Good," 18 May 2016 Handling is predictable, and body roll is well controlled. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "2018 Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe and Cabriolet," 23 Feb. 2018

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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