air·​borne | \ ˈer-ˌbȯrn How to pronounce airborne (audio) \

Definition of airborne

1 : done or being in the air : being off the ground: such as
a : carried through the air (as by an aircraft)
b : supported especially by aerodynamic forces or propelled through the air by force a plane becoming airborne
c : transported or carried by the air airborne allergens
2 : trained for deployment by air and especially by parachute airborne troops

Examples of airborne in a Sentence

Once the plane was airborne I loosened my seat belt. Thousands of airborne troops parachuted behind enemy lines.
Recent Examples on the Web Michigan State Police are investigating a crash where a vehicle went airborne off I-94 and landed in a nearby apartment parking lot in Roseville. Kyle Davidson, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2021 Lower temperatures also mean these cars can achieve a higher level of downforce, the physical forces that keep the cars sucked to the ground, more stable, and less likely to become airborne. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 30 May 2021 His vehicle then entered Manix Wash, a 2.5 mile-long tributary stream of the Mojave River in San Bernardino County, and went airborne before colliding with the wash's concrete wall, according to the local outlet. Joelle Goldstein,, 27 May 2021 Move inside anything that could become airborne in high winds. Brett Clarkson,, 26 May 2021 Mackey’s car went airborne on the track’s straightaway and hit a wall and fence separating the oval from the grandstands, with the roof taking the brunt of the impact. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2021 This is magnetized, so particles won’t become airborne to be inhaled or land on countertops or food nearby. Chris Hachey, BGR, 22 Apr. 2021 The car spun out of control, then went airborne, hitting a southbound vehicle. Post-tribune Staff,, 21 Apr. 2021 Strong crosswinds will affect traffic on Interstate 15 and U.S. 89 throughout that area, and residents are advised to secure outdoor furniture, trampolines and any other objects that could become airborne. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of airborne

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jun 2021

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“Airborne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of airborne

: in the air : moving or being carried through the air
of soldiers : specially trained to jump from airplanes into enemy territory for battle also : of or relating to airborne soldiers


air·​borne | \ ˈer-ˌbȯrn How to pronounce airborne (audio) \

Kids Definition of airborne

: moving through the air airborne dust particles The plane was airborne.


air·​borne | \ -ˌbōrn How to pronounce airborne (audio) \

Medical Definition of airborne

: carried or transported by the air airborne allergens airborne bacteria

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