dead stick


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dead stick

[′ded ‚stik]
(aerospace engineering)
The propeller of an airplane that is not rotating because the engine has stopped.
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Such ample leisure had the stone faces, now, for listening to the trees and to the fountain, that the few village scarecrows who, in their quest for herbs to eat and fragments of dead stick to burn, strayed within sight of the great stone courtyard and terrace staircase, had it borne in upon their starved fancy that the expression of the faces was altered.
So we rolled and rolled and rolled - and 22 kilometres later we rolled into the fuel station, a dead stick dry as a bone, amazed at our good fortune.
The dead stick out at all angles from the mass graves -- tall mounds of chalky dirt, the limbs of men, women and children frozen together in death.
Based on his high gross weight and need to perform a dead stick landing he consulted with pilots on the ground about jettisoning his external stores.
The pilot quickly turned his oxygen regulator to the 100 percent position and headed toward the field for a dead stick landing.
That smoker must have had a box of matches in his hand at the time and the dead stick should have been put in the match box or in the container of the bank.