- to glide toward the earth in an airplane, with no motor power or with the power shut off.
- a glide in an airplane.
Origin of volplane
1905–10; < French vol plané glided flight, equivalent to vol flight (noun derivative of voler < Latin volāre to fly) + plané, past participle of planer to glide (see plane1)
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Examples from the Web for volplane
After looping once, as shown in Fig. 3, the glider descends in volplane.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2
Their engine must have stopped and they tried to volplane down.The Motor Boys on the Wing
He had only enough fuel for another thousand meters or so, and then he must volplane.Air Service Boys in the Big Battle
Charles Amory Beach
Andy attempted some volplane skits that were fairly hair-raising.Airship Andy
Frank V. Webster
After that, he felt confident that he could volplane with safety into the meadow.The Boy Scouts of the Air in Indian Land