ground loop

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ground loop (plural ground loops)

  1. (electricity) A (usually unwanted) current that flows between two points that are meant to be at the same potential, but are not.
  2. (aviation) A sudden, potentially damaging turn made by an aircraft while on the ground, owing to user error or adverse weather conditions.


ground loop (third-person singular simple present ground loops, present participle ground looping, simple past and past participle ground looped)

  1. (aviation) To suffer such a manoeuvre.
    • 2000, JG Ballard, Super-Cannes, Fourth Estate 2011, p. 41:
      I slewed into the deep grass, throttled up again to regain runway speed, tried to abort the take-off and ground-looped through the perimeter fence.