ground control

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noun

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

Origin of ground control

First recorded in 1930–35
Related formsground controller, noun
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Examples from the Web for ground control

Historical Examples of ground control

  • 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

  • "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


British Dictionary definitions for ground control

ground control

noun

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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