flying machine


Definition of flying machine

: an apparatus for navigating the air

Examples of flying machine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Failures of nerve happen when the facts are known and the challenge clear, but somehow an experiment risks yielding a result that seems outlandish—a flying machine, a rocket, factories the size of a pin. Philip Delves Broughton, WSJ, 26 Dec. 2021 During one Dune scene in which Ferguson is trapped in a birdlike flying machine called an ornithopter, her terror was pushed to its white- knuckle limit. Christian Holub,, 3 Sep. 2021 The planes look like insects, and the film suggests that’s one way that a flying machine, in another planetary sphere, might have evolved. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 3 Sep. 2021 Consider the child who turns their wagon into a flying machine or the young entrepreneur who uses their wagon to collect rouge golf balls on the course and sell them to golfers. Tracy Brower, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 And all eyes will be eagerly on Ingenuity's upcoming flights now, ready to see what this plucky little Martian flying machine can do next. Jonathan O'callaghan, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 To make their flying machine more aerodynamic, Wilbur and Orville Wright stitched unbleached Pride of the West muslin fabric with a Singer sewing machine and stretched it across the aircraft’s wings, rudder and elevator. Leo Deluca, Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2021 Half a mile away, 28-year-old Palmer Luckey, one of the tech industry’s proudest iconoclasts, talked excitedly about the military potential of the flying machine — a self-piloting drone, called Ghost, that his start-up company Anduril built. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2021 Over the coming weeks, Perseverance will deploy the four-pound flying machine. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of flying machine

1736, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flying machine was in 1736

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1 Jan 2022

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“Flying machine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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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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