Definition of ground loop in English:

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ground loop


1A violent, uncontrolled horizontal rotation of an aircraft while landing, taking off, or taxiing.
Example sentences
  • From television footage, it appears that the pilot may have initiated a ground loop to stop the aircraft.
  • The final landing was a battle as I tried to prevent a ground loop.
  • The Skywagon has seen its share of ground loops, landing accidents and other typical general-aviation accidents.
2North American An unwanted electric current path in a circuit resulting in stray signals or interference, occurring, e.g., when two earthed points in the same circuit have different potentials.
Example sentences
  • One presentation, for instance, is the ‘Living Machine Biolarium Space,’ which explains an integrated photovoltaic roof system and a ground loop heat exchange system that heats and cools by exchanging heat with the earth.
  • One thing we liked - the ground-loop isolator circuit located in the unit itself, which can notch out the 60-cycle hum that sometimes makes its way into audio recordings.
  • He notes that some school districts are installing ground-loop heat pumps, which are more expensive up front but save on utility costs in the long run.


(ground-loop) [no object]
(Of an aircraft) make a ground loop.
Example sentences
  • Registered in December 1974, the aircraft was ground-looped while on the ferry flight to Arizona in July 1980, initiating a five-year restoration.
  • It is the right aircraft for these conditions as it cannot ground-loop nor turn over on its nose.
  • I figured we'd just ground-loop the jet or steer it into the Hornet next to us.
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