[ es-tawl ]
/ ˈɛsˌtɔl /


a convertiplane that can become airborne after a short takeoff run and has forward speeds comparable to those of conventional aircraft.

Origin of STOL

s(hort) t(ake)o(ff and) l(anding) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stol

/ (stɒl) /


a system in which an aircraft can take off and land in a short distance
an aircraft using this systemCompare VTOL

Word Origin for STOL

C20: s (hort) t (ake) o (ff and) l (anding)
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