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

s(hort) t(ake)o(ff and) l(anding)
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Examples from the Web for stol

Historical Examples

  • In the dead of night he stol'd a new suit of the captain's clothes.

    The Old Soldiers Story

    James Whitcomb Riley

  • So didst thou say the other day, that I had stol'n thy cock.

    Gammer Gurton's Needle

    Mr. S. Mr. of Art

  • Obariea took charge of Mr. Banks's things, and yet they were stol'n from her, as she pretended.

  • The Anglo-Saxons called their seats sett and stol, a name which we still preserve in the modern stool.

  • Capt. Why, sweet, hath he not treacherously broke into our cabinet, and would have stol'n thee thence?

British Dictionary definitions for stol


  1. a system in which an aircraft can take off and land in a short distance
  2. an aircraft using this systemCompare VTOL
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Word Origin

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