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 is technically a current-generation update of the venerable Dash 8. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "End of an era: American ends turboprop flying with Dash 8 retirement," 9 July 2018 Knudson said the aircraft was removed from the scene around 4 p.m. Sunday and taken to Poplar Grove, Ill., for further examination. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Helicopter that crash-landed in Chicago over weekend originated from Hobart hospital," 9 July 2018 The plane was slowing down so much by this point that Moeller pulled an emergency parachute attached to the aircraft. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Pilot: 'It was completely quiet' before crash landing," 4 July 2018 The aircrafts are A10 Warthogs, which fly at low levels and save soldiers on the ground, said Kevin Murphy, 64, of Lutherville who served 33 years in the military and has worked for 10 years with the parade’s military units. Leah Brennan,, "Baltimore's Rosie the Riveters to lead 124th Towson 4th of July Parade," 28 June 2018 Witnesses on social media posted videos showing a single-engine red plane flying erratically along the shoreline before the aircraft landed on the boot camp beach. Joseph A. Gambardello,, "Man sought for landing plane at restricted Coast Guard beach at the Shore surrenders," 27 June 2018 The others, which had been spun up in case the primary aircraft experienced problems, taxied back to their hangars and shut down. William Langewiesche, The Atlantic, "An Extraordinarily Expensive Way to Fight ISIS," 21 June 2018 The aircraft is a single-engine turboprop valued on her financial disclosure forms at more than $1 million dollars. Brent Scher, Fox News, "Claire McCaskill's private plane used on campaign's RV tour through Missouri," 12 June 2018 Passengers sensed that the aircraft was descending rapidly, yet their panic was met with preternatural calm by a crew who insisted nothing was amiss. Serene Cheong,, "The Man Who Teaches North Koreans About Business," 12 June 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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