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

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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 The airplane followed Hendricks, who drove the car into a residential neighborhood near Northeast Wasco Street and 186th Place. oregonlive, "Man arrested after allegedly assaulting landscaping employee, stealing trailer," 28 Apr. 2021 Timothy Allison, the pilot, also died when the Piper PA-46 airplane crashed in a rugged section of the Ouachita Mountains, about 14 miles west of Danville, said Gilkey. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, "Victims ID'd in western Arkansas plane crash," 28 Apr. 2021 In the past, Biden has edited speeches until the last moment, making changes on the airplane or limousine ride to a location and forcing aides to make adjustments in his teleprompter up until the last minute. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Biden set to acknowledge ground-shaking history of the last year in first speech to Congress," 27 Apr. 2021 Other emoji like the airplane, ✈️, were hardly used at all. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The 'Vaccine' Emoji Gets a New Look This Week," 27 Apr. 2021 Yet, going to where the airplane is avoids the extra flight and emissions. Doug Gollan, Forbes, "VistaJet Answers Biden’s Sustainability Call Pledging Carbon Neutrality By 2025," 27 Apr. 2021 That same year, an airplane crashed in Texas after the pilot dumped about 350 gallons of pink water, authorities said. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, "Explosion in New Hampshire quarry latest gender-reveal stunt gone wrong," 25 Apr. 2021 The winter of 2020-21 had been the first in many years that neither of us had pulled off our down jackets at the airport and walked onto an airplane pointed south. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "On a spring cabin trip in Alaska’s Interior, signs of a changing season," 24 Apr. 2021 Canada banned all flights from India and Pakistan on Thursday after saying that half the people who testing positive for the new coronavirus after arriving in Canada by airplane came from that region. Rob Gillies, Star Tribune, "Canada reaches deal with Pfizer for vaccines in future years," 23 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of airplane was in 1906

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2 May 2021

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“Airplane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of airplane

US : a machine that has wings and an engine and that flies through the air


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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