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SPAD

/spæd/
noun acronym
1.
signal passed at danger: an incident in which a train goes through a red light
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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  • As a result we canceled the spad order, and after that we attempted to build no single-place pursuit planes.

  • My love for concentric circles of red, white, and blue dates from the moment when I saw the French cocarde on his spad.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • Foot, as one of the most skilful pilots, was given a spad, on which he did great execution during the autumn.

    Sixty Squadron R.A.F. Group-Captain A. J. L. Scott
  • But my spad (I was always flying tired old avions in those days, the discards of older pilots) began to show signs of fatigue.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • In a moment my spad was surrounded by a widening circle of round hats, German infantrymen's hats.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • An American flies over to the aerodrome and begins to carry out the wildest acrobatics with his fast "spad" machine.

    'Green Balls' Paul Bewsher
  • His landing-gear swished against stubble and he fought with all his strength of body and of will to keep the spad's tail down.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • Tom was assigned to a speedy spad machine, one of great power and lightness into which he climbed.

  • The first place among fighters is now perhaps held by the spad.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • There was one very fast and powerful spad which they often used together, taking turns at piloting it and acting as observer.

Word Origin and History for spad

Spad

n.

French biplane fighter of World War I, 1917, from French spad, from acronym of Societé pour Aviation et ses Dérivés.

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