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[ air-bawrn, -bohrn ]


  1. carried by the air, as pollen or dust.
  2. in flight; aloft:

    The plane was airborne by six o'clock.

  3. Military. (of ground forces) carried in airplanes or gliders: : abn

    airborne infantry.

  4. Aeronautics. (of an aircraft) supported entirely by the atmosphere; flying.


/ ˈɛəˌbɔːn /


  1. conveyed by or through the air
  2. (of aircraft) flying; in the air

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Word History and Origins

Origin of airborne1

First recorded in 1635–45; air 1 + borne 1

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Example Sentences

That’s probably a better bet than airborne anaerobic alien organisms.

I’ve read viral particles can stay airborne and travel beyond six feet.

On April 10, it told workers that N95 respirators effectively filtered out airborne contaminants.

N95 masks are designed to filter out at least 95 percent of airborne particles.

In it, they said it’s time the health community accepts that infectious coronavirus can remain airborne.

President Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne Division to force Faubus to admit the students to Central High School.

The NYPD remained his ultimate goal as he went to work as a carrier for Airborne Express/DHL and then as a school safety officer.

The WhiteKnightTwo remained airborne after the incident and landed safely.

There is no evidence that airborne Ebola exists anywhere outside of fear-mongering headlines.

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will implied in an interview that Ebola may be airborne.

After you arrived back on AF-1, what did you do between that time and the time the plane was airborne?

How soon after the swearing in was the plane airborne, if you recall?

The dwindling of the great army accelerated, airborne replacements dependent on such erratic transport failed to fill the gaps.

One other radio message came from Superior, now airborne, on that first day.

We'll rendezvous north of Columbus—I'll give you the exact grid in half an hour, when I'm airborne.


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