tilt-ro·​tor ˈtilt-ˌrō-tər How to pronounce tilt-rotor (audio)
: an aircraft that has rotors at the end of each wing which can be oriented vertically for vertical takeoffs and landings, horizontally for forward flight, or to any position in between

Examples of tilt-rotor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, Boeing has built the V-22 Osprey that uses tilt-rotors to achieve higher flight speeds, though that is bulky and designed for air combat. Umar Shakir, The Verge, 15 May 2024 House investigators have called on Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to explain problems with the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and what the Pentagon is doing to ensure its safety following a series of crashes that have claimed dozens of service members’ lives. Doug Cameron, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2023 In addition, the aircraft sports 30 tilt-rotors and can fly at an elevation of 10,000 feet. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 18 Oct. 2023 Five other Marines were injured when the tilt-rotor plane went down with 23 personnel on board off the coast of Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory. Harold Maass, The Week, 27 Aug. 2023 This ultralight quality enables the M777 to be transportable via sling underneath a CH-47 Army Chinook or Marine Corps MV-22 tilt-rotor Osprey, or like cargo inside any of the Air Force’s airlift transport planes. Hope Hodge Seck, Popular Mechanics, 21 Aug. 2023 At the near end of the hangar was one of Zdarsky’s Willy Wonka aviation experiments: a CGS Hawk ultralight aircraft fitted with eight tilt-rotor go-kart engines on its wings that allow the craft to both fly like an airplane and hover like a helicopter. Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Aug. 2023 Bell has touted the benefits of its tilt-rotor design, which combines a helicopter’s vertical takeoff and hovering ability with the speed and range of a plane. Joseph Morton, Dallas News, 7 Apr. 2023 Such tilt-rotors also entail significant compromises and trade-offs in the size of the rotors and their placement relative to the wings. IEEE Spectrum, 29 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tilt-rotor was in 1961

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“Tilt-rotor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tilt-rotor. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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