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unmanned aircraft (or aerial) vehicle: an aircraft that can navigate without a human pilot on board; a drone: UAVs guided by GPS.
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Origin of UAV
First recorded in 1985–90
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How to use UAV in a sentence
The recovery of debris and bodies was made by a UAV called the Remora III, operated by a company called Phoenix International.Awful but True: Pings Were Not From Malaysia Airlines Flight 370|Clive Irving|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If Aviation Week is correct about its size, the RQ-180 is probably the largest stealthy UAV out there.The Killer Drone Goes Stealthy—Just in Time for a New Cold War|Zach Rosenberg|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Despite the potential benefits, UAV use by commercial farmers is currently prohibited under FAA regulations.Unmanned Drones May Have Their Greatest Impact on Agriculture|Miranda Green|March 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The country has been utilizing UAV-like technology for its crops since 1990.Unmanned Drones May Have Their Greatest Impact on Agriculture|Miranda Green|March 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It will be delivered by an unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV—what has become known as a drone.The Need for New Nuclear Weapons|Stephen L. Carter|April 7, 2010|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for UAV
unmanned aerial vehicle
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