fishtail

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verb fish·tail \ˈfish-ˌtāl\

Definition of fishtail

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to swing the tail of an airplane from side to side to reduce speed especially when landing

  3. 2 :  to have the rear end slide from side to side out of control while moving forward the car fishtailed on the icy curve

Examples of fishtail in a Sentence

  1. The car fishtailed on the icy curve.

1927

First Known Use of fishtail

1927

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms


FISHTAIL Defined for English Language Learners

fishtail

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verb fish·tail \ˈfish-ˌtāl\

Definition of fishtail for English Language Learners

  • of a car, truck, etc. : to slide in an uncontrolled way with the rear end going from side to side

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