Definition of side-slip in English:



  • 1A sideways skid or slip.

    • ‘Tom and I had been working all morning with traverses and side slips where the only release mechanism is ankle movements.’
    • ‘This frequently results in side-slips and accidents of more or less gravity to men and horses as well as cars.’
    1. 1.1Aeronautics A sideways movement of an aircraft, especially downwards towards the inside of a turn.
      • ‘However glider pilots regularly use side-slips to increase their rate of descent while landing, particularly in the case of older sailplanes not equipped with high drag devices (spoilers or flaps).’
      • ‘he brothers had also encountered problems with "side slips" - the airplane tended to slide sideways in the air during a turn - so they installed semi-circular "blinkers" between the elevator surfaces to keep the airplane flying forward and gave the wings a very slight dihedral angle.’
    2. 1.2 (in skiing and surfing) an act of travelling down a slope or wave in a direction not in line with one's skis or board.
      ‘at the lip of the peak, I started with a side-slip’
      • ‘Then quickly pivot both skis under your body into a sideslip in the fall line.’
      • ‘Speed control is the most important factor in mogul skiing and side slips and hockey stops come in quite handy in the beginning.’


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  • 1Skid or slip sideways.

    ‘the weight counteracts the tyre's tendency to side-slip’
    • ‘The ski/walk switch needs to click louder so you know the cuff is locked forward (an important piece of information when you're about to side-slip into a chute).’
    • ‘From the middle of the court, or the ‘base’ (area where you should return to after each shot), side-slip toward the front corners.’
    • ‘I side slipped down, almost losing my edge a couple of times.’
    • ‘Practice side-slipping to each corner, returning to the middle each time.’
    • ‘As quickly as possible I took off my skins and side slipped down a 45 degree hour glass to easier terrain below.’
    1. 1.1Aeronautics Move in a side-slip.
      ‘every so often the machine would lose control and simply side-slip into the ground’
      • ‘Rick very capably side-slipped the airplane onto runway 14, rolled out, and exited the aircraft rapidly while it was still burning.’
      • ‘Continuing at about 145-mph and a descent rate of about 200-fpm, we reached 3000-ft when number four engine cut out and the B - 24 swerved and started side-slipping down despite full opposite rudder.’
    2. 1.2 (in skiing and surfing) travel sideways or in any direction not in line with one's skis or board.
      ‘he had side-slipped down the sheer drop from the shoulder of the mountain’
      • ‘For example, when on the nose and I see a very steep section coming, I want to walk and hang ten and not worry about the fin coming out of the water and side-slipping.’
      • ‘Despite being enormously out of shape and enormous in general, I managed to catch enough waves and do enough 360s, side-slips and backward rides (some of them even on purpose) to win the novice waveski division.’