[ air-pleyn ]
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  1. a heavier-than-air aircraft kept aloft by the upward thrust exerted by the passing air on its fixed wings and driven by propellers, jet propulsion, etc.

  2. any similar heavier-than-air aircraft, as a glider or helicopter.

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Origin of airplane

1870–75, for an earlier sense; alteration of aeroplane, with air1 replacing aero-

Other words from airplane

  • pro·air·plane, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for airplane


/ (ˈɛəˌpleɪn) /

  1. US and Canadian a heavier-than-air powered flying vehicle with fixed wings: Also called: aeroplane

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