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airplane

[ air-pleyn ]
/ ˈɛərˌpleɪn /
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noun

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

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Also especially British, aeroplane.

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

airplane
/ (ˈɛəˌpleɪn) /

noun

US and Canadian a heavier-than-air powered flying vehicle with fixed wingsAlso called: aeroplane
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