flying machine


Definition of flying machine 

: an apparatus for navigating the air

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Here are a few highlights of my discussion with Franky about his latest flying machines. Nick Goddard, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This Real Hoverboard Set the Guinness Distance Record," 2 May 2016 His illustrations included diagrams positing pre-Newtonian theories of physics, a rudimentary plan for a flying machine and many, many sketches of birds in flight. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "How Drones Are Revolutionizing the Way Film and Television Is Made," 31 May 2018 Image recognition workloads can be deployed to the drone, creating a flying machine that can, for example, fly along pipelines to spot cracks and other defects. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Build 2018: Microsoft embraces its new platforms, Azure and Microsoft 365," 7 May 2018 Not Quite Cleared for Takeoff The most telling exchange between Elwell and Uber’s Holden came when an audience member asked how air traffic controller might handle an exponential increase in flying machines. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Uber's Flying Car Plan Meets the Regulator It Can't Ignore," 12 May 2018 The experience includes a ride in a flying machine that rises above a make-believe urban landscape and shows off some of the company’s transportation technology. Paul Stenquist, New York Times, "Virtual Reality Is Carmakers’ Latest Selling Tool, at Shows and in Showrooms," 29 Mar. 2018 Many recalled a flying machine equipped with a powerful searchlight. Greg Eghigian, Smithsonian, "How UFO Reports Change With the Technology of the Times," 2 Feb. 2018 Quickly losing sensation in their frigid fingers, their best hope is to free a small blade from a shoulder strap and slash their way out of a complicated harness system designed to keep them safe in an airborne flying machine with no doors. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "When a Device Meant for Helicopter Safety Becomes a Death Grip," 12 Mar. 2018 Many of Terrafugia’s competitors, though, are abandoning the idea of flying machines that can also drive. The Economist, "Free as a birdPassenger drones are a better kind of flying car," 8 Mar. 2018

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1736, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of flying machine

: a machine that is able to fly; especially : an airplane from the time when airplanes had recently been invented

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