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[vol-pleyn] /ˈvɒlˌpleɪn/
verb (used without object), volplaned, volplaning.
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)
Related forms
volplanist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • After that, he felt confident that he could volplane with safety into the meadow.

  • After looping once, as shown in Fig. 3, the glider descends in volplane.

  • We were trying to volplane across a forest in the distance when suddenly I felt the machine give a jump.

    America's War for Humanity Thomas Herbert Russell
  • He had only enough fuel for another thousand meters or so, and then he must volplane.

  • Tom soon shut the motor off, and tilted the machine for a volplane down several thousand feet to a new level.

  • Andy attempted some volplane skits that were fairly hair-raising.

    Airship Andy Frank V. Webster
  • The volplane was so steep that it seemed that nothing could prevent the monoplane from being dashed to bits upon the earth.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • Then the engine suddenly ceased working and the unlucky operator had to volplane to earth.

  • And, sure enough, in a few minutes the engines began to slow down, and there was nothing for it but to volplane to the surface.

    Commander Lawless V.C. Rolf Bennett
  • In an instant she began to sink, and with cries of alarm the men shut off the motor and started to volplane to the earth.

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