- carried by the air, as pollen or dust.
- in flight; aloft: The plane was airborne by six o'clock.
- Military. (of ground forces) carried in airplanes or gliders: airborne infantry.
- Aeronautics. (of an aircraft) supported entirely by the atmosphere; flying.
Origin of airborne
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Examples from the Web for airborne
President Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne Division to force Faubus to admit the students to Central High School.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future
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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.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
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.
Third, the virus could not be found in sputum, further supporting the clear observation that airborne spread does not occur.Did One Liberian Prostitute Give Ebola to Eight Soldiers?
October 7, 2014
I might have been able to see the Monument or the Capitol when we were airborne.Cue for Quiet
Thomas L. Sherred
"I'll have you and the Lady Dallona airborne and off for Ghamma as soon as you wish," he promised.Last Enemy
Henry Beam Piper
After you arrived back on AF-1, what did you do between that time and the time the plane was airborne?Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
We remained at Love Field until she administered the oath and the plane was airborne.
After the President's plane was airborne, we left and came back to the city hall.
- conveyed by or through the air
- (of aircraft) flying; in the air
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Word Origin and History for airborne
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