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.
- Also especially British, aeroplane.
- pro·air·plane, adjective
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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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