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

Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fly-by-wire was in 1955

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“Fly-by-wire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fly-by-wire. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

fly-by-wire

adjective
: controlled by electrical signals rather than mechanically

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