n acronym for

signal passed at danger: an incident in which a train goes through a red light

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Examples from the Web for spad

Historical Examples of spad

  • Our Spad biplanes were drawn up in two long rows, outside the hangars.

    High Adventure

    James Norman Hall

  • In Paris I go to bed early and rise ditto, spending all day at Spad's.

    Georges Guynemer

    Henry Bordeaux

  • Foot, as one of the most skilful pilots, was given a Spad, on which he did great execution during the autumn.

    Sixty Squadron R.A.F.

    Group-Captain A. J. L. Scott

  • The first place among fighters is now perhaps held by the Spad.

    The Romance of Aircraft

    Lawrence Yard Smith

  • I can think of no sight more pleasing than that of a Spad in the air, under the control of a skillful French pilot.

    High Adventure

    James Norman Hall

Word Origin and History for spad



French biplane fighter of World War I, 1917, from French spad, from acronym of Societé pour Aviation et ses Dérivés.

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