air·​lin·​er | \ ˈer-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce airliner (audio) \

Definition of airliner

: an airplane operated by an airline

Examples of airliner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But developing an engine and a game at the same time would be like repairing an airliner in mid-flight. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Amazon Wants to ‘Win at Games.’ So Why Hasn’t It?," 7 Oct. 2020 This airliner, Airbus says, will have a traditional engine setup that will run on liquid hydrogen instead of today’s jet fuel. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The New Hydrogen-Powered Aircraft from Airbus Is Beautiful. Will It Work?," 22 Sep. 2020 The 747-400 was the first commercial airliner ever to feature winglets. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "What’s in a Winglet?: Inside the Epic Quest To Build a Better Airplane Wing," 5 July 2020 The White House was deciding whether to shoot down a hijacked airliner. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Amy McGrath: Mitch McConnell was 'desperate' to criticize her on 9/11," 12 Sep. 2020 Even though hijacked airliners were sometimes shadowed by military fighters, shooting down a civilian airliner had never been a consideration -- until now. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: San Diegans remember 9.11," 11 Sep. 2020 Instead of a conventional airliner design, the Flying-V is just a pair of fat wings joined in a V. Passengers would sit toward the front, along the leading edges, with cargo space closer to the wingtips. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The weird and wonderful Flying-V made a successful first flight," 11 Sep. 2020 Could airlines have a zero-emissions airliner by the early 2030s? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "A Zero-Emissions Airliner Is Possible by the Early 2030s—If This Happens," 24 July 2020 Sean Marc, Schaumburg, Illinois From a practical point, no, a modern airliner will not lose a wing due to turbulence. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Can severe turbulence tear the wing off a jetliner?," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of airliner

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airliner was in 1908

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19 Oct 2020

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“Airliner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of airliner

: a large airplane used for carrying passengers


air·​lin·​er | \ ˈer-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce airliner (audio) \

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: a large airplane used for carrying passengers

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