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.
- pro·air·plane, adjective
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How to use airplane in a sentence
I mean just the fact of something gliding—a butterfly, a model airplane, a folded-up sheet of paper.
In April, survey software provider Qualtrics conducted a study that found 75% of Americans didn’t feel comfortable flying on an airplane at the time.This year’s top Labor Day destinations might surprise you | Rachel King | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
This is one of the lessons I learned, all too well, when I was trying to support my college education by cleaning the insides of airplanes at LAX in the middle of the night.What I learned from 5 years of cleaning airplanes in the middle of the night | matthewheimer | August 30, 2020 | Fortune
The two founded the company in 2017 with the vision of trying to get airplanes flying autonomously as quickly as possible.Cessna makes history by taking off and landing with no one aboard. Here’s how | Jeremy Kahn | August 26, 2020 | Fortune
On July 22, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to introduce the first-ever emissions regulations for airplanes in the United States.The US is finally regulating airplane emissions but the rules are worthless | Tim McDonnell | July 22, 2020 | Quartz
Like him, they identified the Airbus A320 as an airplane extremely well fitted to low cost airline operations in Asia.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501 | Clive Irving | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Specifically, what briefing did the flight crew receive before they went to the airplane?Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501 | Clive Irving | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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? | Clive Irving | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Dave Majumdar | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The airplane was owned by an Indonesian budget carrier, Lion Air.
Zoomed over the German lines in the war, stoking an airplane, although at that time he was only a kid.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
The airplane pitched and swerved as the pilot changed course to disturb the aim of the bombers.The Onslaught from Rigel | Fletcher Pratt
For a moment Johnnie stood near his beacon, vainly straining his ears for some further trace of an airplane.
So Jimmy and Carl found themselves housed for the night in a very comfortable home, close by the airplane.
Just as Jimmy was starting for his ship, he saw that the other airplane was landing close to where his own ship stood.
British Dictionary definitions for airplane
US and Canadian a heavier-than-air powered flying vehicle with fixed wings: Also called: aeroplane
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