preflight

[ pree-flahyt ]
/ priˈflaɪt /

adjective

occurring or done before a flight: a preflight briefing of the plane's crew.

noun

a preflight briefing or a ground check, as of an airplane.

Nearby words

  1. prefigure,
  2. prefinished,
  3. prefix,
  4. prefixed,
  5. prefixion,
  6. preform,
  7. preformation,
  8. prefrontal,
  9. prefrontal area,
  10. prefrontal lobotomy

Origin of preflight

First recorded in 1920–25; pre- + flight1

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British Dictionary definitions for preflight

preflight

/ (ˈpriːˈflaɪt) /

adjective

of or relating to the period just prior to a plane taking off
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Word Origin and History for preflight

preflight

adj.

also pre-flight, 1918 with reference to aviation, from pre- + flight (n.).

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