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).’
    • ‘Practice side-slipping to each corner, returning to the middle each time.’
    • ‘I side slipped down, almost losing my edge a couple of times.’
    • ‘From the middle of the court, or the ‘base’ (area where you should return to after each shot), side-slip toward the front corners.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rick very capably side-slipped the airplane onto runway 14, rolled out, and exited the aircraft rapidly while it was still burning.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’