noun, often attributive
air·​craft | \ ˈer-ˌkraft How to pronounce aircraft (audio) \
plural aircraft

Definition of aircraft

: a vehicle (such as an airplane or balloon) for traveling through the air

Examples of aircraft in a Sentence

a company that manufactures aircraft
Recent Examples on the Web McClain built the Zenith CH750 aircraft over the past couple of years and was certified to fly, his brother Gary told the authorities. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Georgia man identified as pilot found dead at plane crash site in east Alabama," 12 Sep. 2020 The aircraft that spotted the boat was part of the Regional Coordinating Mechanism (ReCoM), of which U.S. Customs and Border Protection is a member agency. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Border agents apprehend 15 people in panga boat off San Diego shoreline," 11 Sep. 2020 The aircraft has one seat and operates with eight motors and two propellers on each corner. Derrick Bryson Taylor New York Times, Star Tribune, "Flying cars are no longer just a flight of fancy," 11 Sep. 2020 The aircraft is set to appear over the stadium around 8:23 p.m. ET (7:23 p.m. local time), according to FOX4 KC. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Chiefs fans will witness B-2 stealth bomber flyover ahead of game vs. Texans," 10 Sep. 2020 Flying into a possibly hostile airstrip aboard an Air Force C-130, the robot dogs were sent outside the aircraft to scout for threats before the humans inside would be exposed to them, according to an Air Force news release dated September 3. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Robot dogs join US Air Force exercise giving glimpse at potential battlefield of the future," 9 Sep. 2020 As the plane had landed, a truck driving in the right lane struck the plane’s left wing, causing the plane to rotate, with the aircraft coming to rest in the grassy shoulder and ending up facing traffic. Brett Clarkson,, "Small plane makes emergency landing on Alligator Alley," 9 Sep. 2020 That aircraft has been out of service for almost 18 months after two crashes killed 346 people. Julie Johnsson,, "Boeing’s Latest 787 Flaw Puts Most of Fleet Under Scrutiny," 8 Sep. 2020 The crew prioritized evacuating burn victims and those with serious injuries who needed quick medical attention, packing as many people as could safely fit into the aircraft. Cynthia Dizikes,, "California wildfires set record as more than 2 million acres are scorched," 7 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of aircraft

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of aircraft was in 1845

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15 Sep 2020

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“Aircraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce aircraft (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of aircraft

: a machine (such as an airplane or a helicopter) that flies through the air


air·​craft | \ ˈer-ˌkraft How to pronounce aircraft (audio) \
plural aircraft

Kids Definition of aircraft

: a vehicle (as an airplane or helicopter) that can travel through the air and that is supported either by its own lightness or by the action of the air against its surfaces

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