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 The majority of air purifiers use HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters, which can remove dust, pollen, mold and other airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns (µm). Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 30 July 2022 Bill Gladden, 98, took part to the D-Day British airborne operation and was later shot while defending the bridge. Sylvie Corbet And Jeff Schaeffer, Chicago Tribune, 5 June 2022 Within two days, an airborne operation involving the Federal Police, the national guard and environmental agencies swooped in. Fabiano Maisonnave, ajc, 7 May 2022 The second commemorative drop was Sept. 19, 2019, over Eindhoven in the Netherlands in memory of Operation Market Garden, an Allied airborne operation that stretched from Sept. 17-25, 1944. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Aug. 2021 The airborne particles are so transmissible because of their relatively light weight. Chronicle Advice Team, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 July 2022 After leaving tailpipes, tiny airborne lead particles penetrated deep into the lungs and nasal passages before crossing into the brain and bloodstream, or settled on surfaces and were ingested by small children. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, 16 June 2022 In short, most air purifiers clean indoor air by pulling it through a filter which traps toxins and unwanted airborne particles before releasing the air back into the room. Will Briskin, Popular Mechanics, 10 June 2022 Look for a vacuum that has a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which can suck up airborne particles with a size of 0.3 micron, according to the EPA. Beth Krietsch, SELF, 19 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of airborne

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Airborne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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