- 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.
Origin of airplane
Examples from the Web for airplane
Like him, they identified the Airbus A320 as an airplane extremely well fitted to low cost airline operations in Asia.
Specifically, what briefing did the flight crew receive before they went to the airplane?
One specific kind of emergency is at the heart of this, such as when an airplane suffers a loss of stability at night.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
Bottom line is that it will only be a BVR [beyond visual range] airplane.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
The airplane was owned by an Indonesian budget carrier, Lion Air.Who Will Get AsiaAir 8501’s Black Boxes?
December 30, 2014
Then came the report of an attempt to launch an airplane from the roof of Berlin.City of Endless Night
Commercial development of the airplane and the airship commenced after the war.The Age of Invention
You will take me back in my airplane, and you will land me at Punta Arenas.
And the airplane, and the automobile, and—oh, ever so many things.Lighter Than You Think
I'll do a parachute jump into the sky, and land on an airplane!Disowned
- US and Canadian a heavier-than-air powered flying vehicle with fixed wingsAlso called: aeroplane
Word Origin and History for airplane
1907, from air (n.1) + plane (n.1); though the original references are British, the word caught on in American English, where it largely superseded earlier aeroplane (1873 in this sense and still common in British English). Aircraft "airplane" also is from 1907. Lord Byron, speculatively, used air-vessel (1822).