One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of reversing or inverting something; the result of this.
2Aeronautics (originally US). A manoeuvre in which the direction of the aircraft is rapidly reversed, usually consisting of a half loop followed immediately by a half roll. Now rare.
Early 17th century. From French renversement action of reversing or inverting, result of this, manoeuvre in which the direction of an aircraft is rapidly reversed from renverser + -ment.
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