ground control


an airport facility that supervises the movement of aircraft and ground vehicles on ramps and taxiways.


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Origin of ground control

First recorded in 1930–35

OTHER WORDS FROM ground control

ground controller, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for ground control

  • "There is a ship on the radar," Meta said, coming out of the ground-control office and squinting up at the overcast.

    The Ethical Engineer|Henry Maxwell Dempsey
  • He was completely right because before he had finished the ground-control door burst open and Meta ran out, circling to the left.

    The Ethical Engineer|Henry Maxwell Dempsey

British Dictionary definitions for ground control

ground control


the personnel, radar, computers, etc, on the ground that monitor the progress of aircraft or spacecraft
a system for feeding continuous radio messages to an aircraft pilot to enable him to make a blind landing
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