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flapping

[′flap·iŋ]
(metallurgy)
Striking through the surface of molten copper to hasten oxidation by increasing the exposure to air.

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The angular movement of a rotor blade above or below the plane of the hub. Blades ride higher and lower during their rotation, but they can do so only if they are allowed to move freely about a horizontal hinge or flexible root element. Design features allow for the blades to flap vertically about the flapping hinge. Blade flapping compensates for dissymmetry of lift as the retreating side flaps down resulting in increased angle of attack with consequent increase in lift. The advancing blade flaps up and the angle of attack reduces resulting in decreased lift.

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A condition in which a route in a network becomes unavailable and available over and over again. See route dampening.
References in classic literature ?
As they ran, shouting, forward, it was obvious to them that the weird and terrible apparition was attempting to seize James; but when it saw the others coming to his rescue, it desisted, flapping rapidly upward and away, its long, ragged wings giving forth the peculiarly dismal notes which always characterized the sound of its flying.
While a gliding type of flight appears to have matured earlier in evolutionary history, increasing evidence suggests that active flapping flight may have arisen without an intermediate gliding phase.
John Angemi comments - "I wanted to create a game that people loved and one that they could personalize, which is why I came up with Go Flap Yourself, because everyone loves flapping themselves from time to time."
Washington, Nov 23 (ANI): Creating tiny air vehicles that mimic the flapping of winged insects is a popular notion, but require a complex combination of pitching and plunging motions to oscillate the flapping wings.
ridden on unlicensed tracks, can, after 12 months of riding in a flapping race, be able to renew their licence under rules when a horse who has flapped is banned for life?
The insectlike machines being pursued by OAI and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta would carry out those tasks by vigorously flapping their wings--a means of flight long used by birds and insects but never mastered by human aviators.
Flapping helps transfer heat from blood to the air to cool the whole animal, says Spevak.