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 aircraft wing encompasses 14,000 Marines and 200 sailors. Andrew Dyer,, "Miramar air wing welcomes new commanding general," 13 July 2018 Born in Minden, La., in 1916, Harmon began her career at Delta at age 24 in 1940 as a member of the carrier's first-class stewardesses, and primarily worked on the 21-seat aircraft DC-3. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Delta throws 102nd birthday party for pioneering flight attendant, WWII vet," 13 July 2018 The $34 billion round imposed on July 6 focused largely on goods that businesses purchase, which do not typically appear on store shelves, such as aircraft parts and industrial machinery. New York Times, "Trade War With China in Aisle 12," 12 July 2018 But the float-equipped de Havilland Otter aircraft collided with it instead. Washington Post, "Alaska plane survivor: ‘For those wondering I’m alive’," 12 July 2018 Airbus planned to display Wednesday a variety of aircraft seating from 100 to 600 passengers at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "JetBlue: New Airbus A220s to offer more seats, bigger bins on Embraer routes," 11 July 2018 These are all things that the A-10, the first Air Force aircraft purpose-built to provide close air support, excels at. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Long Awaited A-10 vs.-F-35 Flyoff Is Off to a Sketchy Start," 11 July 2018 Tuesday’s sale is the first since Airbus took control of the aircraft program last week from Bombardier. Christopher Jasper, The Seattle Times, "JetBlue places big order for newest Airbus A220 jet," 10 July 2018 There will be an area for attendees who just want to watch the aircraft flights at no charge. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 Things-to-do this week in Waukesha County," 9 July 2018

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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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