air·​plane | \ ˈer-ˌplān How to pronounce airplane (audio) \

Definition of airplane

: a powered heavier-than-air aircraft with fixed wings from which it derives most of its lift

Illustration of airplane

Illustration of airplane

airplane: 1 weather radar, 2 cockpit, 3 jet engine, 4 engine pod, 5 pylon, 6 wing, 7 vertical stabilizer, 8 rudder, 9, 10 tabs, 11 elevator, 12 horizontal stabilizer, 13 inboard flap, 14 inboard spoiler, 15, 16 tabs, 17 aileron, 18 outboard flap, 19 outboard spoiler, 20 sound suppressor, 21 thrust reverser, 22 cabin air intake, 23 fuselage, 24 nose landing gear

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Examples of airplane in a Sentence

my uncle learned how to fly an airplane during World War II
Recent Examples on the Web An Arkansas congressional candidate was trying to land his single-engine airplane at the Sharp County Regional Airport on Friday when a gust of wind came out of nowhere, shaking the wings and making the plane unstable. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 29 Mar. 2022 The crash occurred near the city of Wuzhou in Teng county as the airplane, a China Eastern Boeing 737-800, traveled from Kunming in the western province of Yunnan, to Guangzhou in the coastal province of Guangdong, aviation officials said. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2022 Finally, only 30% would choose to remove the recline function on airplane seats. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Mar. 2022 There are even airplane seats that people can sit on to get a feel for a real flight environment. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 2 Mar. 2022 Disabled people have also had to be lifted into airplane seats by flight staff, who can drop and injure them. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2022 As usual, the FHP is utilizing its Cessna airplane, which flies at 2,500 feet, to catch drivers who are endangering themselves and others. Chris Perkins,, 31 Dec. 2021 ZeroAvia also has said its 19-passenger hydrogen-electric airplane in development can start commercial flights as soon as 2024. Dan Catchpole, Fortune, 9 Nov. 2021 That means when a jet allocated for a big customer has a mechanical, the customer of a small broker is likely to see their airplane taken away and allocated to said big customer. Doug Gollan, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of airplane

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for airplane

alteration of aeroplane

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14 May 2022

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“Airplane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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air·​plane | \ ˈer-ˌplān How to pronounce airplane (audio) \

Kids Definition of airplane

: an aircraft with wings which do not move, that is heavier than air, is driven by a propeller or jet engine, and is supported by the action of the air against its wings

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