noun, often attributive
air·​craft | \ ˈer-ˌkraft \
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

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The delivery forecast includes military versions of commercial aircraft. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Boeing’s Sales Climb on Air Travel Demand," 30 Jan. 2019 The current market rate for an MD-87 is close to $5 million, despite the line of aircraft being manufactured in the 1980s, Gizmodo notes. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Nobody Wants to Claim This Abandoned Airplane at Madrid's Main Airport," 28 Jan. 2019 But the purchase of the more capable aircraft — some of which can take off vertically as well as in the normal way — adds firepower to Japan’s forces. Alex Ward, Vox, "Japan plans to purchase nearly 150 F-35 fighter jets from the US," 12 Dec. 2018 Also be wary of outdated aircraft: Some Boeing 787-8s don’t even have seats that fully flatten. Fortune, "How to Fly the World’s Best Business Class for Less Than Coach," 26 June 2018 Johnson said investigators don't anticipate recovery any other parts of the aircraft. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "First findings released in Susitna River fatal midair plane collision," 22 June 2018 Neeleman is a long-time supporter of aircraft manufactured by Airbus SE, which has taken a controlling stake in the C Series in partnership with Bombardier. Justin Bachman,, "JetBlue Founder Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline, Report Says," 18 June 2018 Neeleman is a long-time supporter of aircraft manufactured by Airbus, which has taken a controlling stake in the C Series in partnership with Bombardier. Justin Bachman,, "JetBlue founder looks to start new low-cost U.S. airline, reports say," 18 June 2018 Mazda, along with an enormous list of automotive and aircraft manufacturers and a couple of motorcycle makers, licensed the Wankel from NSU and developed their own versions. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "The Rhombus Rotary Engine: Can a Quirky New Design Top the Famous Wankel?," 18 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of aircraft

1845, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of aircraft

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


air·​craft | \ ˈer-ˌkraft \
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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