One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A sideways skid or slip.
- ‘This frequently results in side-slips and accidents of more or less gravity to men and horses as well as cars.’
- ‘Tom and I had been working all morning with traverses and side slips where the only release mechanism is ankle movements.’
- 1.1Aeronautics A sideways movement of an aircraft, especially downward toward the inside of a turn.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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).’
- 1.2 (in skiing and surfing) an act of traveling down a slope or wave in a direction not in line with one's skis or board.
- ‘Speed control is the most important factor in mogul skiing and side slips and hockey stops come in quite handy in the beginning.’
- ‘Then quickly pivot both skis under your body into a sideslip in the fall line.’
1Skid or slip sideways.‘the weight counteracts the tire's tendency to sideslip’
- ‘As quickly as possible I took off my skins and side slipped down a 45 degree hour glass to easier terrain below.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Practice side-slipping to each corner, returning to the middle each time.’
- ‘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).’
- 1.1Aeronautics Move in a sideslip.
- ‘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.’
- 1.2 (in skiing and surfing) travel sideways or in any direction not in line with one's skis or board.
- ‘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.’
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