air·borne | \ -ˌbȯrn \

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

Two people were injured when their car, which police say was traveling at a high rate of speed, went airborne Saturday night (Jan. 14) and crashed into the second floor of a building in Santa Ana, California, KTLA reports. Greg Larose,, "Car goes airborne, lands in 2nd-floor dentist's office: report," 14 Jan. 2018 There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, which when airborne and inhaled can cause cancer. Wendy Ruderman,, "$15.7M for emergency Philly school repairs to be announced by Hite, Wolf on Friday," 29 June 2018 Nobody wants to hit a groundball, but the quest to get the ball airborne does have its limits. Staff,, "Nine Innings: The Cubs' Issue With Launch Angle, Reimagining Bullpen Roles and Jonny Venters's Painful Journey," 30 Apr. 2018 But the test results, which showed that rafts carrying a weight of 400 to 550 pounds would likely go airborne, were ignored. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "A boy was decapitated on a waterslide. The park knew the ride could kill people, officials say.," 25 Mar. 2018 What happens to the new-age sluggers who have refit their swings to get the ball airborne? Dan Bickley, azcentral, "Bickley: Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt remains reliable in a changing baseball landscape," 13 Mar. 2018 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say the accident happened at 1:10 a.m., when McCoy's vehicle struck the curb, ran off the right side of Eastway Drive and went airborne for a short distance. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte man's vehicle hit curb then went airborne before he was killed, police say | Charlotte Observer," 4 May 2018 The driver apparently launched the vehicle off a berm, causing it to go airborne and embed itself in the house, the Ozaukee Press reported. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "The minivan went airborne — and got lodged in the side of a home, Wisconsin authorities say," 5 July 2018 Wojas said Cunningham went airborne and landed in the roadway. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Motorcyclist hospitalized after sideswiping vehicle on I-80/94, police say," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of airborne

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of airborne

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


air·borne | \ -ˌbōrn \

Medical Definition of airborne 

: carried or transported by the air airborne allergens airborne bacteria

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