flying machine


Definition of flying machine

: an apparatus for navigating the air

Examples of flying machine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cast out of the colony for his blunder, Flik enlists the aid of outsiders—non-ant bugs—and builds a great flying machine fashioned to fool the grasshoppers into thinking they’re being attacked by a bird. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "How to watch A Bug's Life," 12 Nov. 2019 Hector Retamal/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images WASHINGTON — DJI, the large Chinese drone maker, is facing mounting security concerns within the Trump administration that its flying machines could send sensitive surveillance data back to China. Cecilia Kang, New York Times, "Chinese Drones Made in America: One Company’s Plan to Win Over Trump," 24 June 2019 Even a coyote won’t tangle with an armor plated turkey that resembles some kind of flying machine in a Star Wars movie. Joe Soucheray, Twin Cities, "Soucheray: Don’t let the plump 3-year-old loose in the back yard unless the dog is at hand," 27 July 2019 One day, these tiny flying machines may be flitting unobtrusively over the landscape, collecting weather data, monitoring traffic, alerting first responders to accidents and disasters, inspecting construction sites and more. Kate Baggaley, NBC News, "Forget props and fixed wings. New bio-inspired drones mimic birds, bats and bugs.," 30 July 2019 Looking like a superhero, the French inventor of an airborne hoverboard glided partway over the English Channel on his personal flying machine then crashed in the sea Thursday. Jeffrey Schaeffer,, "Air-board inventor flies halfway across English Channel before crashing into sea, but plans to try again: ’We won’t give up’," 25 July 2019 But everyone will still have to wait on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to certify the flying machines. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Close Are We to Flying Taxis, Really?," 12 June 2019 There are even flying machines, with all their attending complications; a few minutes into Sunday’s performance, when a hippogriff failed to appear on cue, tenor Zachary Wilder and soprano Emoke Baráth improvised to amuse the audience. Globe Staff,, "With ‘Orlando generoso,’ a generous helping of baroque opera," 10 June 2019 How this affects war in the air is a good question, but its implications for pilots and their flying machines is undeniable. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Fighter Jets Could Soon Be Armed With Lasers," 6 May 2019

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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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28 Nov 2019

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“Flying machine.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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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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