body roll

noun

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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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 No body roll and plenty of zig on the curves, while still showing charming Cadillac road manners. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "Cadillac CT6 with Super Cruise takes command of Driver's Seat," 22 June 2018 Young men kneel in the museum, mirroring the historic national-anthem protest spurred by Colin Kaepernick; Beyoncé and her dancers body roll in unison with The Coronation of Napoleon as their backdrop. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Do Beyoncé Fans Have to Forgive Jay-Z?," 18 June 2018 The active/adaptive air suspension heroically resisted body roll and other transient forces; but limits can be found. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Lamborghini Urus: An SUV for the One Percent," 15 June 2018 The power and transmission are both fine, but the ride is bouncy, with nautical levels of body roll that even my passengers complained about. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross proves times have changed," 13 June 2018

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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