Definition of airplane
: a powered heavier-than-air aircraft with fixed wings from which it derives most of its lift
Examples of airplane in a Sentence
my uncle learned how to fly an airplane during World War II
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The rationale was that the American military relies on steel for airplanes, ships and other equipment.
Twenty years earlier, General Billy Mitchell had used an airplane to sink a battleship, but changing the trajectory of military thinking, and hence procurement, often requires changing a service’s viscous culture.
Stop into the Studio City store for model cars, airplanes, and rockets as well as dollhouse materials with all of the trimmings, including miniature furniture and home accessories.
Controversy over insecticides remains, especially naled, which was sprayed from airplanes last summer.
Combat Caravan installs hardpoints on the airplane's wings capable of launching Hellfire air-to-ground missiles.
In this Nov. 20, 2015, picture, UPS workers pull a container across a floor containing casters after it was unloaded from an airplane at the company’s Worldport hub in Louisville, Ky.
On the far right of the photo is a barge with an airplane on it, supposedly Earhart's.
Airplanes and cars rarely pose an issue with vulvovaginal health, with a few exceptions, according to Dr. Calhoun.
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Origin and Etymology of airplane
alteration of aeroplane
First Known Use: 1906See Words from the same year
AIRPLANE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of airplane for English Language Learners
: a machine that has wings and an engine and that flies through the air
AIRPLANE Defined for Kids
Definition of airplane for Students
: 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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