noun British.

an airplane propeller.

Origin of airscrew

First recorded in 1890–95; air1 + screw Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for airscrew

Historical Examples of airscrew

  • A good illustration of this may be found in the question of the airscrew.

  • On this scale he was successful with a machine driven by an airscrew and with a machine driven by the flapping of wings.

  • The motive power was supplied by twisted strands of rubber which, as they untwisted, turned the airscrew.

  • This ship, with an airscrew driven by manpower, attained a speed of five and a half miles an hour.

  • (p. 103) A later difficulty caused by the forward position of the airscrew had nothing to do with flying.

British Dictionary definitions for airscrew



British an aircraft propeller
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