Definition of wingstroke in US English:



  • another term for wingbeat
    • ‘In no other species of katydid or cricket does an individual's past history affect its wingstroke rate or its phrasing.’
    • ‘When in active pursuit, the wingstrokes become deeper.’
    • ‘On early morning watches on the beach where you spot one every now and then, easily recognising the strong athletic wingstrokes but first of all the flashing white spots under the wings.’
    • ‘The droning of its wingstrokes as it flitted from flower to flower fell upon the ear as a token of content.’
    • ‘It is capable of flying ‘for long periods without rest, alternating soaring glides with fluttering wingstrokes.’’
    • ‘Ty's research currently uses genetic algorithms to ‘evolve’ wing kinematic parameters that give rise to wingstroke forces which propel a moth through a specified trajectory.’
    • ‘The wingstroke of an insect is typically divided into four kinematic portions: two translational phases (upstroke and downstroke), when the wings sweep through the air with a high angle of attack, and two rotational phases (pronation and supination), when the wings rapidly rotate and reverse direction.’
    • ‘But while scientists now think they understand how most insects fly, some types of honeybees have remained puzzling until now, because their wingstrokes have still seemed too short to support flight.’
    • ‘Short rapid wingstrokes create an impression of great speed.’
    • ‘In giant wingstrokes, they soared overhead as if in pursuit, and I wondered if those were the same Eagles that had appeared weeks before during my conversation with Hank.’
    • ‘Once they get aloft, they can ride thermal columns for hours, literally hopping from thermal to thermal, but wind shear causes them no end of trouble as they are not aerodynamically predisposed to fly by wingstrokes.’
    • ‘All flow visualization techniques rely on ‘seeding’ the air with small particles that can be photographed, filmed or observed directly during the wingstroke.’
    • ‘Thermals save a flyer from having to use precious stamina on wingstrokes to gain altitude.’
    • ‘While drumming, the male spreads his tail and presses it against the log, then begins a series of strong wingstrokes.’
    • ‘One wingstroke is generally exactly like the next.’