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noun air·plane \ˈer-ˌplān\

Definition of airplane

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

Examples of airplane in a Sentence

  1. my uncle learned how to fly an airplane during World War II

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Origin and Etymology of airplane

alteration of aeroplane


AIRPLANE Defined for English Language Learners

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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

airplane

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noun air·plane \ˈer-ˌplān\

Definition of airplane for Students

  1. :  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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