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ultralight

[adjective uhl-truh-lahyt, uhl-truh-lahyt; noun uhl-truh-lahyt]
adjective
  1. extremely lightweight in comparison with others of its kind: a car with an ultralight engine.
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noun
  1. something that is ultralight.
  2. a small, light, inexpensive single-seat airplane that is essentially a motorized hang glider.
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Origin of ultralight

First recorded in 1970–75; ultra- + light2
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  • Communication, even at ultralight velocities, would be necessarily slow.

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    Gordon Randall Garrett


Word Origin and History for ultralight

adj.

1974, from ultra- + light (adj.). As a noun meaning "ultralight aircraft" it is recorded from 1982.

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