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verb (used without object), vol·planed, vol·plan·ing.
  1. to glide toward the earth in an airplane, with no motor power or with the power shut off.
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  1. a glide in an airplane.
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Origin of volplane

1905–10; < French vol plané glided flight, equivalent to vol flight (noun derivative of voler < Latin volāre to fly) + plané, past participle of planer to glide (see plane1)
Related formsvol·plan·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for volplane

Historical Examples of volplane

  • After looping once, as shown in Fig. 3, the glider descends in volplane.

    The Boy Mechanic, Book 2


  • Their engine must have stopped and they tried to volplane down.

  • He had only enough fuel for another thousand meters or so, and then he must volplane.

  • Andy attempted some volplane skits that were fairly hair-raising.

    Airship Andy

    Frank V. Webster

  • After that, he felt confident that he could volplane with safety into the meadow.