flying machine


a vehicle that sustains itself in and propels itself through the air; an airplane, helicopter, glider, or the like.

Origin of flying machine

First recorded in 1730–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for flying machine

aircraft, airplane, aeroplane

Examples from the Web for flying machine

Historical Examples of flying machine

  • It occurred to me that it was a flying-machine which he was inventing.

    The Destroyer

    Burton Egbert Stevenson

  • “The shape of a fish for the ship, the shape of a bird for the flying-machine,” he said.

    The Bill-Toppers

    Andre Castaigne

  • He was going down to San Mateo to see his first flying-machine!

    The Trail of the Hawk

    Sinclair Lewis

  • But with a flying-machine, they won't be able to hide themselves.

  • Must one have wings or a flying-machine in order to “follow” the wild geese?

    The Fall of the Year

    Dallas Lore Sharp