- US Canadian a heavier-than-air powered flying vehicle with fixed wings
Also called: aeroplane
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
air•plane /ˈɛrˌpleɪn/USA pronunciation n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Aeronauticsa heavier-than-air craft that has wings and is driven in flight by propellers or jet propulsion.
air•plane (âr′plān′),USA pronunciation n.
- Aeronauticsa heavier-than-air aircraft kept aloft by the upward thrust exerted by the passing air on its fixed wings and driven by propellers, jet propulsion, etc.
- Aeronauticsany similar heavier-than-air aircraft, as a glider or helicopter.
- alteration of aeroplane, with air1 replacing aero- 1870–75, for an earlier sense
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airplane /ˈɛəˌpleɪn/ n
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