aircraft carrier


Definition of aircraft carrier

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

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The USS Intrepid, the hulking aircraft carrier off Pier 86, hardly looks like a stomping ground for the beautiful boys, glittering drag queens, and sophisticated philanthropists that flooded its decks last night. Ian Malone, Vogue, "This Year’s Jeffrey Fashion Cares Event Unfolded in Spectacular Fashion," 11 Apr. 2019 The three astronauts, all holding the rank of Navy commander, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean only 3 miles from the aircraft carrier Hornet. Richard Goldstein,, "Astronaut and moonwalker Alan Bean dies at 86," 26 May 2018 Kim, for example, is believed to be unwilling to meet on a US aircraft carrier off the Korean coast. Elise Labott, CNN, "Sticking point on Trump-Kim talks: Location, location, location," 18 Apr. 2018 The cruiser joins a list of other sunken ships that have been found by Mr. Allen’s team recently, including the aircraft carrier Lexington this month, the destroyer Ward late last year and the cruiser Indianapolis in August. Jacey Fortin, New York Times, "Wreck of the Juneau Is Found, 76 Years After 5 Brothers Perished," 22 Mar. 2018 There are three Perry-class frigates at Bremerton plus the aircraft carriers Kitty Hawk and Enterprise, and their age and cost means the carriers will absolutely not come back. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Won’t Bring Back Mothballed Ships to Boost the Fleet," 21 Feb. 2019 Prince Andrew began his long military career in 1978, learning how to fly helicopters before serving aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Get to Know Prince Andrew, the Father of Princess Eugenie and Beatrice," 13 Aug. 2018 The three astronauts, all holding the rank of Navy commander, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean only three miles from the aircraft carrier Hornet. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Alan Bean, 4th Person to Walk on the Moon, Dies at 86," 26 May 2018 The Hornet was an American aircraft carrier involved in the famous air raid on Tokyo early in the war before being scuttled during the Solomon Islands campaign. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Explorers Discover the Wreck of the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet, Sunk in World War II," 12 Feb. 2019

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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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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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