Brennschluss

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From German Brennschluß.

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Brennschluss ‎(plural Brennschlüsse)

  1. The moment in the path of a rocket when the fuel burns out, after which it continues its ballistic trajectory under only the forces of gravity and air resistance (if present); all-burnt, burn-out
    • 1973: The white line, abruptly, has stopped its climb. That would be fuel cutoff, end of burning, what’s their word…Brennschluss. We don’t have one. Or else it’s classified. — Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow