Definition of Tailspin

1. Noun. Loss of emotional control often resulting in emotional collapse.

Generic synonyms: Agitation



2. Noun. Rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral.
Exact synonyms: Spin
Generic synonyms: Acrobatics, Aerobatics, Stunt Flying, Stunting

Definition of Tailspin

1. Noun. The rapid, uncontrollable descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral. ¹

2. Noun. A severe mental or emotional collapse; emotional breakdown. ¹

3. Noun. Any sharp, sustained, often uncontrollable descent or decline. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tailspin

1. to spin headlong down toward earth [v -SPINNED, -SPINNING, -SPINS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tailspin

tailpieces
tailpin
tailpins
tailpipe
tailpiped
tailpipes
tailplane
tailplanes
tailrace
tailraces
tails
tailskid
tailskids
tailslide
tailslides
tailspin (current term)
tailspinned
tailspinning
tailspins
tailspot
tailstock
tailstocks
tailstrike
tailwater
tailwaters
tailwheel
tailwhip
tailwhips
tailwind
tailwinds

Literary usage of Tailspin

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dilemmas of Independence: Ukraine After Totalitarianism by Alexander J. Motyl (1993)
"If, however, there really is no such alternative, if the economic tailspin in the former Soviet Union can be halted only through the massive disruption of ..."

2. Fighting the Flying Circus by Eddie Rickenbacker (1919)
"But the Albatros pilot was an old hand at this game, and before Meissner could overtake him he had thrown his machine into a tailspin which not only ..."

3. Inside Passage & Coastal Alaska by Lynn Readicker-Henderson (2006)
"... economy into a tailspin - they are the only ones fighting for the river. Friends of the Stikine Society, 1405 Doran Rd., North Vancouver, BC, Canada, ..."

4. Adventure Guide to the Inside Passage and Coastal Alaska by Lynn Readicker-Henderson (2002)
"... economy into a tailspin - they are the only ones fighting for the river. Friends of the Stikine Society, 1405 Doran Rd., North Vancouver, BC, Canada, ..."

5. Fighting the Flying Circus by Eddie Rickenbacker (1919)
"But the Albatros pilot was an old hand at this game, and before Meissner could overtake him he had thrown his machine into a tailspin which not only ..."

6. Dilemmas of Independence: Ukraine After Totalitarianism by Alexander J. Motyl (1993)
"If, however, there really is no such alternative, if the economic tailspin in the former Soviet Union can be halted only through the massive disruption of ..."

7. Fighting the Flying Circus by Eddie Rickenbacker (1919)
"But the Albatros pilot was an old hand at this game, and before Meissner could overtake him he had thrown his machine into a tailspin which not only ..."

8. Inside Passage & Coastal Alaska by Lynn Readicker-Henderson (2006)
"... economy into a tailspin - they are the only ones fighting for the river. Friends of the Stikine Society, 1405 Doran Rd., North Vancouver, BC, Canada, ..."

9. Adventure Guide to the Inside Passage and Coastal Alaska by Lynn Readicker-Henderson (2002)
"... economy into a tailspin - they are the only ones fighting for the river. Friends of the Stikine Society, 1405 Doran Rd., North Vancouver, BC, Canada, ..."

10. Fighting the Flying Circus by Eddie Rickenbacker (1919)
"But the Albatros pilot was an old hand at this game, and before Meissner could overtake him he had thrown his machine into a tailspin which not only ..."

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