fly-by-wire

adjective
\ ˈflī-bī-ˌwī(-ə)r How to pronounce fly-by-wire (audio) \

Definition of fly-by-wire

: of, relating to, being, or utilizing a flight-control system in which controls are operated electrically rather than mechanically

First Known Use of fly-by-wire

1968, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About fly-by-wire

Time Traveler for fly-by-wire

Time Traveler

The first known use of fly-by-wire was in 1968

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near fly-by-wire

fly-by-nighter

fly-by-wire

fly camp

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for fly-by-wire

Cite this Entry

“Fly-by-wire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fly-by-wire. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on fly-by-wire

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about fly-by-wire

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!