Definitions

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  • noun The moment in the trajectory of a rocket when the fuel burns out, after which it continues with its own momentum for some distance and then begins to succumb to gravity; all-burnt, burn-out

Etymologies

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From German Brennschluß.

Examples

  • It's the touch of the wandering sound-shadow, the Brennschluss of the Sun.

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • Ascending, programmed in a ritual of love ... at Brennschluss it is done-the Rocket's purely feminine counterpart, the zero point at the center of its target, has submitted.

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • So was the Rocket's terrible passage reduced, literally, to bourgeois terms, terms of an equation such as that elegant blend of philosophy and hardware, abstract change and hinged pivots of real metals which describes motion under the aspect of yaw control: preserving, possessing, steering between Scylla and Charybdis the whole way to Brennschluss.

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • Brennschluss exactly here would make the Rocket go on to hit 1000 yards east of Waterloo Station.

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • There's a Brennschluss point for every firing site.

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • His propulsion tube reached _Brennschluss_, and for a few moments he watched, checking his speed and direction.

    Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet

  • You can't walk around very well until the ship reaches _Brennschluss_.

    Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet

  • It reached _Brennschluss_, and there was darkness.

    Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet

  • The Planeteer officer knows what _Brennschluss_ is.

    Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet

  • Now, ten minutes after _Brennschluss_, they were going to start deceleration.

    Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet

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