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noun acronym
signal passed at danger: an incident in which a train goes through a red light
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  • Our spad biplanes were drawn up in two long rows, outside the hangars.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • In Paris I go to bed early and rise ditto, spending all day at spad's.

    Georges Guynemer Henry Bordeaux
  • 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
  • The first place among fighters is now perhaps held by the spad.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • I can think of no sight more pleasing than that of a spad in the air, under the control of a skillful French pilot.

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

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

    'Green Balls' Paul Bewsher
  • But the spad partly caught up with him and the aërial circling began anew, while two other spads appeared—a pack after a deer.

    Georges Guynemer Henry Bordeaux
Word Origin and History for spad



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

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