How does the spin of a Frisbee make it fly and hover?

Because the tops of flying discs and Frisbees are rounded, air goes over them faster and has less density, creating lift, as with airplane wings.

Air gets trapped underneath the disc and pushes upward, slowing the fall rate.

The thrust of the throw gets the lift process started, but the spin only adds stability and keeps the disc from wobbling or tipping.

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