flying machine


Definition of flying machine

: an apparatus for navigating the air

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Recent Examples on the Web Initially, the idea of building a flying machine roughly 10 times the size of the largest airplane on Earth seems outlandish—but Hooker's arguments are logical. Abe Dane, Popular Mechanics, "The Russian Wingship Future That Never Took Flight," 5 Nov. 2020 The flying machine needed birdlike maintenance at times. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "‘PigeonBot’ Uses Real Feathers to Fly Like a Bird," 17 Jan. 2020 The Kitables Mini Lego Drone Kit turns Legos—plus a few other components—into a wee flying machine. Sophie Bushwick, Popular Science, "The best DIY kits to give as gifts," 4 Dec. 2019 In the late 15th century, Leonardo da Vinci sketched plans for a flying machine that resembled a modern-day helicopter. Quanta Magazine, "In Mathematics, It Often Takes a Good Map to Find Answers," 1 June 2020 Drones can take many different shapes: a large, boxey flying machine from Bell is designed to transport cargo and haul 70-pound loads, while the Air Force and a company called Kratos have been experimenting with a fighter-jet-style drone. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Speedy drones are helping Ghana test for the novel coronavirus," 23 Apr. 2020 The flying machine invented by Orville and Wilbur Wright, which made a successful flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., last December, had another trial near Dayton, Ohio, on May 26, which the brothers say was successful. Scientific American, "“We Flew 100 Feet, Really, We Did”," 9 Apr. 2020 Diamond Chain’s products have been used in significant moments throughout history, including the Wright Brothers’ first flying machine and Henry Ford’s first car, according to the website. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Century-old Diamond Chain plant to close in downtown Indianapolis," 4 Feb. 2020 Incorporating feathers into a flying machine also requires some unique maintenance. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "The PigeonBot flies like a bird but won’t poop like one," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of flying machine

1736, in the meaning defined above

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“Flying machine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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