aircraft carrier


Definition of aircraft carrier

: a warship with a flight deck on which aircraft can be launched and landed

Examples of aircraft carrier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Neither Russia nor China, our greatest contemporary adversaries, have ever taken out a U.S. aircraft carrier. Seth Moulton, Time, "One-Third of U.S. Troops Opted Out of the COVID-19 Vaccine. Here's Why That Is Dangerous for National Security," 5 Apr. 2021 In the 1970s, Simple Flying reports, Boeing commissioned an internal study to examine the feasibility of turning its largest passenger jet, the 747, into a flying aircraft carrier. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Time Boeing Wanted to Turn the 747 Jumbo Jet Into an Aircraft Carrier," 8 Sep. 2020 Amy Bauernschmidt, the first woman in Navy history to hold the title of executive officer, or XO, of a nuclear aircraft carrier. CBS News, "Profiles in Service: Meet the Navy's first female executive officer of a nuclear aircraft carrier," 12 Nov. 2018 There's a shot of Kong and Godzilla both standing on an aircraft carrier. Rhett Allain, Wired, "How Strong Is King Kong? And Could He Even Stand Up?," 7 Apr. 2021 Kong’s journey, on a colossal barge tugged by an aircraft carrier and supported by a whole fleet, exists only as a pretext for the first fight scene between the ape and the reptile. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Godzilla vs. Kong,” Reviewed: A Monster Mush of Two Venerable Franchises," 2 Apr. 2021 Marine Corps fighter attack squadron VMFA-323 has returned from a deployment on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The F/A-18C Hornet Has Officially Retired," 5 Mar. 2021 The computer scientist Robert Feldt once created an algorithm charged with landing a plane on an aircraft carrier. Hannah Fry, The New Yorker, "What Data Can’t Do," 22 Mar. 2021 Early in the pandemic, the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt had hundreds of sailors test positive, with one fatality. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coast Guard service chief on hand as cutter unloads 7,500 pounds of seized drugs," 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of aircraft carrier

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of aircraft carrier was in 1917

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26 Apr 2021

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“Aircraft carrier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aircraft carrier

: a military ship that has a large deck where aircraft take off and land

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