or air speed

[ air-speed ]
/ ˈɛərˌspid /


the forward speed of an aircraft relative to the air through which it moves.
Compare groundspeed.

Origin of airspeed

First recorded in 1905–10; air1 + speed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for airspeed

  • The pilot, a big-boned Britisher who had two jobs to do at once, watched the airspeed indicator.

    What The Left Hand Was Doing|Gordon Randall Garrett
  • I've never had her above 2.5, but the airspeed gauge is marked up to four.

    The Cosmic Computer|Henry Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for airspeed


/ (ˈɛəˌspiːd) /


the speed of an aircraft relative to the air in which it movesCompare groundspeed
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