aero·​plane | \ ˈer-ə-ˌplān How to pronounce aeroplane (audio) \
plural aeroplanes

Definition of aeroplane

: airplane One day it may be possible to devise a way of keeping birds away from aeroplanes, although for the moment the best approach seems to be to keep aeroplanes away from birds.Nature A special airmail flight will be made on 6 August 1989 to commemorate the first aeroplane crossing of a major body of water in Australia by Captain Harry Butler.Australian Stamp Bulletin

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an exhibit of a few of the aeroplanes that won the Battle of Britain
Recent Examples on the Web Chris Adamson remembers being sent out to local hardware shops to find brooms of various bristle strengths, and asked to track down a specific kind of elastic used to power the propeller of a model aeroplane. Tom Maxwell, Longreads, "Shelved: Pink Floyd’s Household Objects," 3 Sep. 2020 An average aeroplane, weighing 1,000 lb., will oppose not more than 25 sq. Victor Lougheed, Popular Mechanics, "The Fallacy of the Dirigible," 13 Aug. 2020 Yet the problem of the aeroplane is inherently complex. Victor Lougheed, Popular Mechanics, "The Fallacy of the Dirigible," 13 Aug. 2020 That keeps the contents safe in aeroplane holds and on delivery lorries. The Economist, "Sea of troubles Covid-19 has led to a pandemic of plastic pollution," 22 June 2020 The Spirit of the Lord kept butting in, sending dreams in which he was saved from crashing aeroplanes or warned of coming damnation. The Economist, "Gonna have some fun tonight Little Richard died on May 9th," 21 May 2020 In the days leading up to Lebaran the country’s cities normally disgorge their residents, who cram onto buses, ferries and aeroplanes, laden with gifts and new clothes, on their way home for the festivities. The Economist, "Muddled mudik messages As covid-19 spreads, Indonesia’s president has an unhappy Eid," 24 May 2020 The Wrong Missy is the epitome of an aeroplane movie. Kelsea Stahler,, "Why Is Everyone Watching This Confusing New David Spade Movie On Netflix?," 17 May 2020 So the average flyer takes eight return flights and aeroplanes rack up seven trillion air miles each year. Keith Baker, Quartz, "Four bold visions for the future of flying," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of aeroplane

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aeroplane

borrowed from French aéroplane, from aéro- aero- + -plane, probably from feminine of plan "flat, level," borrowed from Latin plānus — more at floor entry 1

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The first known use of aeroplane was in 1868

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“Aeroplane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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