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sailplane

[ seyl-pleyn ]
/ ˈseɪlˌpleɪn /
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noun
a very light glider that can be lifted by an upward current of air.
verb (used without object), sail·planed, sail·plan·ing.
to soar in a sailplane.
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Origin of sailplane

First recorded in 1920–25; sail + plane1

OTHER WORDS FROM sailplane

sailplaner, noun
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How to use sailplane in a sentence

  • Freddy laughed, even as he looked apprehensively over the sailplane's side.

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  • I'll be in the back seat of your sailplane with a portable camera.

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  • He looked at the two-place sailplane which sat on the tarmac.

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  • The Hungarian approached and looked at the sailplane in interest.

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British Dictionary definitions for sailplane

sailplane
/ (ˈseɪlˌpleɪn) /

noun
a high-performance glider
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