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 But the advances suggest that China might one day be able to arm a hypersonic vehicle with a nuclear warhead, launch it into a low orbit, and release it from anyplace — including, perhaps, an evasive flight path over Antarctica. New York Times, 27 Oct. 2021 What distinguishes an MaRV from an HGV is the latter's ability to flatten out its flight path then rise up and dive on a target. Brad Lendon And Yoonjung Seo, CNN, 6 Jan. 2022 Some of the vanishing birds are native to Connecticut, but most are reliant on the state as a nesting ground or a flight path to other states or countries. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 2 Dec. 2021 For corporate innovators, the lesson of Hope’s travels is that of countering massive disruption with grit and an agile flight path. Heather Wishart-smith, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Perseverance then rolled away from the flight path, and the helicopter got its first taste of Martian sunshine. Max G. Levy, Wired, 19 Apr. 2021 Its odd flight path is caused by the competing gravitational pulls of the Earth and the sun, which continually bend and torque the moonlet’s motions, preventing it from achieving a more conventional orbit. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 11 Nov. 2021 If the warhead's seeker detects a carrier, the warhead maneuvers to place the target in its flight path. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 11 Nov. 2021 Ingenuity’s algorithm sets the helicopter’s flight path for a flat landscape, so it hadn’t been tested on complex, rippling topographies—until now. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 July 2021

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First Known Use of flight path

1908, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jan 2022

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“Flight path.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flight%20path. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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