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

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Examples of aircraft in a Sentence

a company that manufactures aircraft
Recent Examples on the Web Departures at the Palm Beach International Airport were halted, emergency responders were dispatched and vehicles and aircraft were moved away from the runway to make space, the FAA said. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 12 May 2022 Passengers expressed dissatisfaction with the flight crews and aircraft—and the ongoing suspension of alcohol service in premium classes was a big sore point. Chris Morris, Fortune, 11 May 2022 The Coast Guard sent a small aircraft and Cutter Edgar Culbertson to the boat to assist. Ruth Serven Smith |, al, 8 May 2022 Russia has lost significant numbers of tanks, armored vehicles, aircraft and warships, most notably the Moskva, the flagship of its Black Sea fleet destroyed with the help of U.S. intelligence. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 Up till now, only aircraft and surface presence, in the form of massed, highly capable gunboats, have been effective against China’s militarized gray zone fleet. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 7 May 2022 Instead of drawing cheerful images of the sun and trees, their drawings show tanks and military aircraft. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 6 May 2022 Russian artillery and aircraft hit areas heavy with Ukrainian troops, weapons, and fuel depots. Harold Maass, The Week, 5 May 2022 The aircraft and the remains of the sailors were recovered from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean in October from a depth of about one mile. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of aircraft

1845, in the meaning defined above

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19 May 2022

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“Aircraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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