Definition of flat spin in English:

flat spin


  • 1A spin in which an aircraft descends in tight circles while remaining almost horizontal.

    • ‘Along with the severe down air, my glider, a Sensor 510C, was forced into a 180 degree flat spin twice.’
    • ‘The human tolerance to a flat spin is about 140 RPM, and uncontrolled spin rates of up to about 200 RPM can occur.’
    • ‘The glider then began a flat spin from about 300 feet.’
    • ‘Without thrust, we'll go into a flat spin, out of control.’
    • ‘His port wing clipped the canyon wall and sent him into a violent flat spin in excess of Mach Seven.’
    • ‘They were headed for a flat spin, and as he had said, it would only take a minute before they hit the ground.’
    1. 1.1British informal [in singular]A state of agitation or panic.
      ‘a scandal has put the university into a flat spin’
      • ‘The thought that he is not the centre of attention has always sent him into a flat spin.’
      • ‘Not only is this album rich in highly slanderous spurts, there is also enough copyright violation here to send any record company lawyer in to a flat spin.’
      • ‘Why go into a flat spin if you or your cats get fleas, ringworm, mange, ear mites, or cat flu for instance?’
      • ‘A seaplane put locals in a flat spin as it exploded a myth that there were by-laws preventing aircraft touching down on Windermere.’
      • ‘Mark Boucher might be the national cricket team's wicketkeeper but, baldly speaking, he had the staff at a Vincent hairdressing salon, Sculptures, in a flat spin yesterday.’
      • ‘If you go with a very fixed idea, ticking off your shopping list as you go, you'll probably go into flat spin when you can't find a certain ingredient.’
      • ‘Spend it having fun, not in a flat spin, panic, or feral mess.’
      • ‘Conversations like that always throw me into a bit of a flat spin, because I had the opportunity to secure romantic bliss, and I cocked it.’


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