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flight path

the trajectory of a moving aircraft or spacecraft relative to a fixed reference.
Origin of flight path
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For slight corrections in the flight path, small steering motors were utilized.

    Tight Squeeze Dean Charles Ing
  • The blip representing Pickering had cut their flight path, slicing obliquely through their wake.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • It was guided solely by the radio controlled servos, following a flight path previously determined by banks of computers.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
British Dictionary definitions for flight path

flight path

the course through the air of an aircraft, rocket, or projectile Compare approach (sense 10), glide path
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