flight path


Definition of flight path

: the path in the air or space made or followed by something (such as a particle, an airplane, or a spacecraft) in flight

Examples of flight path in a Sentence

No other planes were on their flight path.
Recent Examples on the Web As events unfolded, the Greek command center twice asked the Frontex aircraft to change its flight path, directing it away from the incident. New York Times, "E.U. Border Agency Accused of Covering Up Migrant Pushback in Greece," 26 Nov. 2020 Toptracer technology will track the flight path while scoring every shot. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Topgolf live stadium tour set for Progressive Field," 13 Nov. 2020 Now, scientists have cut that time to just 3 hours by equipping their drones with a new flight path algorithm. Joel Goldberg, Science | AAAS, "Watch speedy drones count Antarctic penguin colonies in record time," 10 Nov. 2020 In 2018, residents in Northwest D.C. lost their long-running battle with the FAA after a three-judge panel rejected their arguments that the flight path changes should be revisited. Washington Post, "Arlington, Montgomery counties launch new effort in fight over airplane noise from National," 7 Nov. 2020 Its flight path was first reported by an investigative journalist on Twitter and later confirmed by Motherboard. Samuel Woolley, Wired, "We Need to Know Who's Surveilling Protests—and Why," 3 Nov. 2020 Los Angeles International Airport officials are investigating reports of someone wearing a jet pack Wednesday in the flight path, the second such report in a month. Richard Winton, Anchorage Daily News, "L.A. air-traffic controller warns pilot of person with jet pack flying at 6,500 feet," 15 Oct. 2020 Officials at Los Angeles International Airport are looking into reports of a person seen wearing a jet pack flying at about 6,500 feet directly in the flight path, according to the Los Angeles Times. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, "In California: NorCal faces more power shutoffs, state sees record-breaking meth busts," 15 Oct. 2020 Los Angeles International Airport officials are investigating reports of someone wearing a jet pack in the flight path, the second such report in a little over a month. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "Second sighting of person wearing a jet pack near LAX prompts new investigation," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of flight path

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flight path was in 1908

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3 Dec 2020

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“Flight path.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flight%20path. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of flight path

: the route that an airplane, spaceship, etc., travels along through the air or space

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