[air-bawrn, -bohrn]


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

First recorded in 1635–45; air1 + borne1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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conveyed by or through the air
(of aircraft) flying; in the air
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Word Origin and History for airborne

1640s, "carried through the air," from air (n.1) + borne. Of military units, from 1937.

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