lighter-than-air

[lahy-ter-thuh n-air]

adjective Aeronautics.

(of an aircraft) weighing less than the air it displaces, hence obtaining lift from aerostatic buoyancy.
of or relating to lighter-than-air craft.

Origin of lighter-than-air

First recorded in 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for lighter than air

lighter than air

adjective (lighter-than-air when prenominal)

having a lower density than that of air
of or relating to an aircraft, such as a balloon or airship, that depends on buoyancy for support in the air
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